Ford Focus Electric: The Answer to a Potential Fuel Shortage?

The price of fuel continues to skyrocket, and as many doomsayers predict that it’s due to run out in as little as 30 years’ time, more car manufacturers are looking at producing vehicles that run on electricity. This new technology will become commonplace in the near future, and that could have a serious effect on the number of car accident claims made by motorists.

The battery-operated Ford Focus Electric is one such car which, with new technology, helps to reduce the need for hiring injury lawyers in case of an accident. Designed by the American motoring powerhouse to compete with the recently released Nissan Leaf, it aims to lead the electric car market, which is yet to grow to an extent that it competes directly with petrol and diesel cars.

As well as being environmentally sound, the Ford Focus Electric is an incredibly safe car to drive. With a comparatively limited top speed of 84mph, the likelihood of getting injured in a crash is unlikely, which reduces the necessity for making whiplash claims. A full recharge takes four hours at the most, while it also has a range of impressive on-board tools to its name such as MyFord Touch and connectivity with the Microsoft Hohm programme. As its Japanese competitor is the only all- electric car currently on sale, it will be widely available when it enters showrooms worldwide in 2013.

If the Ford Focus Electric becomes as popular as expected, then it’s possible that other manufacturers could follow suit. With advancements in fuel technology, further improvements in safety could also be in the pipeline, which could help to reduce the number of accidents on the road. Electric cars, even when fully-charged, can only go a certain distance, which encourages their owners to drive more cautiously to save energy. If more motorists owned electric cars and drove that way, then road traffic accidents could become a thing of the past.

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Tech-challenged Ford tumbles in Consumer Reports quality survey

Ford Motor Co., long the standard bearer for quality among Detroit automakers, slipped in Consumer Reports’ most recent quality survey, apparently undone by a string of challenging new vehicle launches and the introduction of increasingly complex new technologies.

“When you look at Ford, being the darlings for reliable cars, they’ve dropped 10 places,” said David Champion, head of auto testing for Consumer Reports magazine.
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