The Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) is dominating the European automotive electric vehicle plug market. The PHEV car has been a resounding success in all segments combined.
In June, Ford’s Kuga Plug-In Hybrid sales exceeded those of any other month in its history. The company sold 6,300 units – more than double those made by all models combined. In April and May of this year alone, 16,000 were purchased; a third more than its closest competitor for six months.
This year, sales of PHEV models and 100% electric passenger cars are increasing in Europe as more people realize that their driving needs can be comfortably managed. This is especially true with an increase in the number of chargers available at home to charge these vehicles during off-peak hours, when electricity rates are lower than peak hours or daytime use. In fact, in this last quarter 8.4% of all new cars sold were either a hybrid vehicle (PHEV) or an all-electric model, which means that by 2020 we could see many cities zoned for public transport just because the technology was without driver will make it so easy to get around without using your own petrol!
Sales figures show that European consumers have been gradually moving away from traditional petrol/dies.
“At Ford, we are committed to an electrified future and the fact that the Kuga is the best-selling PHEV demonstrates that our customers want to join us on this exciting journey”, says Roelant de Waard, General Manager, Passenger Vehicles, Ford of Europe.
Ford’s commitment to zero-emission cars is set in stone. With its recent announcement, Ford will only sell electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles until 2026, and 100 percent of those new models will be electric by 2030. Earlier this month, the all-new Mustang Mach E went on sale – it’s a of the many exciting offers from a car manufacturer committed to a cleaner future for all, and which already has more than 5,300 units delivered in Europe.
Ford’s range of electrified passenger vehicles also includes mild hybrid and full hybrid versions of the Kuga SUV, as well as full hybrid powertrains for the Mondeo Hybrid, S MAX Hybrid, Galaxy Hybrid and Explorer Plug-In Hybrid models, in addition to groups mild hybrid thrusters for the Puma, Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid models.
Powered by a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder Atkinson cycle gasoline engine coupled with an electric motor-generator with a 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid offers up to 56 km of autonomy 100 percent electrical, a consumption of 1.4 l/100 km (WLTP) and CO emissionstwo 32 g/km (WLTP values). The vehicle can be charged using an external power supply via a charging plug, the entry of which is located on the side on the left front fender.
Drivers can choose how and when to use battery power using EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge charging modes. In addition to charging via an external power source, the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid can automatically recharge your battery on the go, using regenerative charging technology that captures the kinetic energy normally lost during braking.