Awards And Certifications From February 7The latest awards and certifications earned by Michigan's technology-focused companies, organizations and groups
Ford, Microsoft Tout Focus Electric TechnologiesAs the first Focus Electric gas-free models arrive at dealerships, Ford Motor Co. and Microsoft Corp. executives are highlighting the car's connectivity and recharging technologies as the kind of innovations required to help address global transportation challenges such as congestion and oil dependency.
First Ford Dealers Certified To Sell Focus ElectricThe first Ford dealers have been officially certified to sell the company's first all-electric car -- the 2012 Ford Focus Electric -- America's most fuel-efficient five-seater with an EPA rating of 110 MPGe city that is capable of being recharged in nearly half the time as Nissan Leaf.
Magna E-Car Systems Opens New PlantMagna E-Car Systems, a partnership between Magna International and the Stronach Group, announced today the grand opening of its latest facility, a plant in Grand Blanc Township that manufactures components for hybrid and electric vehicles.
Ford, Yahoo Launch Focus Electric Online With Yahoo's First Reality Competition SeriesFord Motor Co. will promote the launch of the Focus Electric with Plugged In, the first reality competition series from the digital media pioneer Yahoo.
110 MPGe: Ford Focus Electric Is America's Most Fuel-Efficient Five-Passenger CarFord's all-new Focus Electric is now officially America's most fuel-efficient five-passenger car with a certified 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating and 99 MPGe on the highway.
Ford, N.C. Firm Turn 2 Million Plastic Bottles Into Car InteriorsFord Motor Co. and Greensboro, N.C.-based Unifi Inc. announced Thursday that the use of Unifi's Repreve fabric will divert about 2 million post-consumer plastic bottles for use in the new Focus Electric and other new vehicles for the next model year.
Ford Focus Electric Seats Made With Recycled Plastic BottlesFord Motor Co. said it is the first automaker to use Repreve brand fiber in the seat fabric of a car -- in this case, the all-new Focus Electric.
Consumers Drive Ford Focus Electric Simulator, Help Design Dash DisplaysPotential customers are getting a chance to help develop the final in-dash display for the Ford Focus Electric through the use of a specially designed driving simulator.
Ford, SunPower Let Focus Electric Customers 'Drive Green for Life'Ford and SunPower Corp. teamed up to offer customers a rooftop solar system that will allow Focus Electric owners to "Drive Green for Life" by providing customers with enough clean, renewable energy to offset the electricity used to charge the vehicle.
New Ford Focus Electric Keeps Its Cool When the Temperature Heats UpWhen the mercury starts to rise, people have all sorts of ways for cooling themselves down: sprinklers, lemonade and ice cream all come to mind. But the engineers at Ford have developed a system that cools the lithium-ion battery in the all-new Focus Electric and keeps it working at its prime, even in the hottest of conditions.
Ford To Triple Production Capacity Of EVs In North America By 2013Ford Motor Co. announced Thursday it is tripling production capacity of its electrified vehicle lineup through 2013, further boosting volumes of its all-new C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, which begin production next year and adding hundreds of green auto jobs in the Detroit area.