Ford Goes All-Tech In 2015 With Focus Electric, Two Electric Bicycles And Dedicate Smartphone Apps
|   Saturday, March 21, 2015
Ford announced at the Mobile World Congress trade fair in Barcelona a number of mobile applications, which aim to help drivers control certain functions of its cars simpler and easier through smartphones.

All these improvements will be tested on the new Ford Focus Electric, equipped with an electric motor that provides 145 horsepower and a top speed of 137 km / h. The electric model of the American manufacturer operates on a Li-Ion battery capable of delivering an autonomy of 100 kilometers in the 2 - 3 hours charge, or up to 150 kilometers on a full charge in 3 - 4 hours from a charging 32 A station.


The new Ford Focus Electric will be compatible with MyFord Mobile app available for mobile platforms Android and iOS (iPhone) and will include several unique functions for remote control battery charging and to improve driving efficiency:

- Go Times function is useful if you have a fixed program. The application can be set from the phone so that the battery is fully charged for a certain day at a certain hour. In addition, in the same way you can set the temperature in the cockpit, the advantage being that the heating or cooling is performed from the electrical outlet, not from the battery. However, these functions can be set inside the car using the SYNC 2 application.

- Personalized advice to improve range: Ford Focus Electric recovers up to 95 percent of energy when braking, so the app gives you tips on how you can improve range if you choose to drive more efficiently.

- Navigation application. Developed by Finnish manufacturer Nokia, it includes charging station addresses and allows travel planning, with the advantage that it works without an internet connection.

- Efficiency against pollution: the application includes a function that shows the amount of carbon dioxide saved by the use of electric cars to the detriment of conventional cars and provides comparison between different driving styles.
The launch of MyFord Mobile is part of a comprehensive plan that includes other services such as providing weather information in the navigation system using popular applications like AccuWeather.

MyFord Mobile can be used for free for the first 5 years after buying the car and is available both on the new Ford Focus Electric and Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in, which will also be released in Europe with the new Ford Mondeo Hybrid. The American manufacturer has not yet announced prices and the dates when those three cars models will be available in Europe. Also not reveled was the MyFord Mobile app cost after five years of free use.

Electric cars are an alternative to improve traffic conditions, but Ford believes that they are not sufficient to manage congestion in cities. In this regard, under the Ford Smart Mobility, the American manufacturer has developed two prototypes of electric bicycles in order improve freedom of movement by connecting them with many means of transport currently available. The electric bicycles benefit from a 200 W motor with a maximum speed of 25 km / h and 9-Ah battery.

The new applications and functions offered by Ford Focus Electric and the two experimental electric bike demonstrates more and more the importance of mobile technology in the automotive industry.

This importance was emphasized by the fact that the launch took place at a fair specially dedicated to portable electronic devices.




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