Blog: Ford EVs come a long way
Simon Warburton | 9 March 2011
Ford's Comuta didn't quite fit everyone
Electric vehicles are not quite the new kids on the block they seem.
In 1967 the Ford Comuta concept vehicle was used to demonstrate the potential of EVs, although it had a top speed of 40mph and a total range of around 40 miles.
Even Ford's assistant managing director at the time, Leonard Crossland recognised electric motors would not replace combustion engines for long journeys, saying: "…their uses will be primarily as city centre delivery vans and suburban shopping cars."
Ford has come some way since those days with its Focus Electric due to go on sale next year.
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