Massive Ford deal in bid to kick-start EV market
As part of the deal for the Ford C-Max Energi vehicles in the USA, Ford said it would jointly market GE's alternative fuel infrastructure technology, including charging stations and natural gas fueling stations, to its commercial buyers.
The agreement is Ford's largest plug-in electrified vehicle fleet sale to date, and GE has set a target to convert half of its global fleet to alternative fuel vehicles. The purchase from Ford brings the number of such vehicles in GE's fleet to more than 5,000, and is part of the firm’s commitment to help kick-start the EV market.
GE Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt has previously stated that although people might be disappointed at the rate of adoption of electric vehicles, his company would continue investing in battery technology to reflect its confidence in them.
GE and Ford also said they would work with researchers to study GE employee driving and charging habits, with the goal of improving all-electric driving and charging performance.
Study findings will be shared with commercial customers to provide insights and help facilitate deployment of electric vehicles in their own fleets.
The C-Max Energi, which is sold in the USA, can drive about 21 miles in all-electric mode before a petrol engine kicks in.