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Ford China unveils Territory EV

Ford has announced its new China-exclusive, full battery electric version of the Territory midsize SUV. This is Ford China's first battery electric vehicle (BEV).

It has a 360 km range on the New European Driving Cycle and is the first full BEV midsize SUV jointly developed by joint venture automakers in China – Ford and its joint-venture partner Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC).

The Territory EV also is the company’s first new energy vehicle introduced since it announced its Ford China 2.0 restructuring plan in April.

A new product plan is a key part of China 2.0 which accelerates the development and delivery speed of new products and services in China, and aims to improve the automaker’s competitiveness in the market. As part of this, the company plans to launch more than 30 new Ford and Lincoln vehicles during the next three years, including more than 10 new energy vehicles.

Ford is spending US$11bn on electric vehicles globally between 2017 and 2022.

China is the world’s largest market for new energy vehicles. Industry sales data shows that BEVs have maintained an annual growth rate of more than 50% consecutively over the past three years, growing to 3% of overall passenger vehicle sales in 2018. Plus, the full battery electric midsize SUV segment in China is growing.

Qiu Tiangao, chairman of Jiangling Motors Corporation said:

“Ford Territory opens a new era of collaboration between Ford and JMC, and Territory EV is another key product from our deepening collaboration. This all-new choice for customers will meet the needs of Chinese consumers for new energy vehicles with high-quality design, a spacious interior and suite of smart technologies.”

Unique carbon fibre ‘blades’ on the wheels make the vehicle sportier and help reduce air resistance.

Full LED taillights provide a more three-dimensional look, with a refined light strip and intricate details.

A two-tone grey interior is also unique to the EV with high-gloss black paint, carbon fibre texture, perforated surfaces, polished metal and other materials.

Using the FordPass App on a smartphone, owners can locate the Territory EV, remotely control the air conditioning, check remaining range and remaining charging time and find nearby charging spots.

The EV will officially launch in China in the second half of this year.

Companies: Ford

Countries: China

Industries: Automotive and Road Transportation, Energy

Terms: Applications, Asia-Pacific, Business

This article has been edited by Basalt.Today
This article has been written on JEC Composites Magazine
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