COLOGNE, Germany – Drivers of the Focus Electric, which goes on sale in Germany mid-2013, will now be able to purchase ‘green’ electricity – energy from renewable sources.
The development results from an agreement between Ford of Germany and Dusseldorf-based Natural Power.
Natural Power is a leading supplier of CO2-neutral ‘green’ energy in Germany, obtaining a high proportion of its supplies from wind turbines.
"Ford has been focusing on resource-efficient processes and products for a long time,” said Bernhard Mattes, Chairman of Ford of Germany. “The Focus Electric is a significant part of that strategy. It is logical that we provide our customers throughout Germany with a guaranteed supply of CO2-neutral electricity."
Battery-powered electric vehicles make an effective contribution to reducing CO2 emissions, particularly when the vehicles are charged with electricity from renewable sources.
Focus Electric buyers in the Cologne area also will be able to obtain renewable-source electricity from local energy utility RheinEnergie.
The Focus Electric will be produced in Ford’s Saarlouis plant.
Sustainability has a high priority at Ford. Since 2008, the company’s Cologne site has used electricity generated from renewable energy sources.
Recently, solar panels were installed on the roof of Ford’s spare parts warehouse in Cologne-Merkenich. The system produces approximately 22,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power 460 Focus Electric models for a year.