The partnership will offer advantages to both companies as they aim to promote energy saving and growth in alternative auto-energy technology. Though electric vehicles typically carry an expensive battery and can exceed the price of other non-electric vehicles, GE Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Immelt, says his company has confidence in electric cars and will continue to invest in improving battery technologies.
Ford will be launching six new-electrified vehicles to meet the rising demand for fuel-efficient automobiles. The C-Max plug-in hybrid will use Ford's popular powersplit architecture with an efficient Atkinson-cycle engine in combination with a high-voltage electric motor generator and lithium-ion battery system. It is estimated that a vehicle using the C-Max Energi will be equipped to drive 21 miles on only electricity before a gas engine will kick-in to contribute an equivalent 100 miles per gallon as rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Both Ford and GE will be working with researchers from Georgie Institute of Technology to study employee driving and charging habits. This research will afford the companies an opportunity to learn about trends in how people use electric vehicles in hopes to direct the technology towards a most convenient and efficient experience. Ford has expressed that they will be willing to share their findings with other companies interested in adopting electric vehicles.
As electric vehicles generate interest people wonder whether electric cars will prove to be the transportation of the future. Professor Bert Bras, who is conducting research for Ford and GE with the Sustainable Design & Manufacturing laboratory at Georgia Tech, says, “Through access to vehicle data, we can accelerate research and development of new technologies to further improve efficiency, driver satisfaction, and environmental benefits.” While it may be too early to tell, electric automobiles could be the key to future mobility.
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