Five new electric Ford models by 2013

The Transit Connect Electric LCV will be the first of the five to reach UK shores in 2011, with the Ford Focus Electric following in 2012.

Two all-new hybrid cars will be introduced in 2013; the option of a plug-in hybrid coming in the same year.

The first all-electric vehicle available in the UK will be the Ford Transit Connect Electric. The zero emission light commercial vehicle will go on sale in the UK in 2011.

The next-generation Focus Electric will be based on the manufacturer’s new C-platform and is expected to be released in North America in 2011 before its European release in 2012.

No details of the powertrain have been released for the Focus Electric, although a real world trial of the technology in a prototype Ford Focus Battery Electric model is due to be tested on UK roads later this year.

Ford engineers are currently working on emissions-cutting features including advanced electric power steering, weight reduction, improved aerodynamics, hybrids and biofuel-capable vehicles.

The Ford ECOnetic range of low-CO2 models and Ford EcoBoost engines are currently available in several next-generation Ford models, including the new Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta.