Ford is an American automaker that tends to be a leader when it comes to innovation. Now that quality is expanding overseas where the German Postal Service has solidified a deal with Ford to create electric delivery vehicles. The new battery-powered models will be based on the existing Ford Transit and deliver packages across the country.
The partnership will ultimately elevate Ford to become the largest midsized e-van maker in Europe. The German Post Service, which owns the DHL shipping service as well, currently operates bare-bones vans that lack amenities like a passenger seat and radio. The vans are also limited to a top speed of under 50 mph.
The new Ford electric delivery van is rumored to be based on the existing Ford Transit.
The Ford electric van will come to replace the German Postal Service’s diesel fleet of 92,000 vans. The American automaker plans to begin production in July and have 2,500 vans operating by the end of 2018.
Based on the Ford Transit, the new electric-powered delivery vans will offer an eco-friendly, more affordable way for the German Postal Service to meet customer needs. With health concerns over diesel continuing to grow, alternative energy is the clear answer to a brighter, more efficient future.
We here at Shults Ford of Harmarville are pumped to see Ford continuing to uphold its reputation as a leader of innovation.
Movie stars and music artists often find themselves intentionally, or even unintentionally, promoting a specific make and model or brand of vehicle. No performer purposely purchases a bad vehicle, so it’s more than likely the vehicle they’re driving features upscale materials and quality engineering. That sounds like the perfect description for a certain American brand, and stars tend to agree. We here at Shults Ford of Harmarville know of a few stars who love Ford models.
Bullitt was a movie that starred Steve McQueen behind the wheel of a 1968 Ford Mustang GT. The movie’s impact was so great, even in the present day, that Ford created a limited edition Mustang GT Bullitt.
While McQueen was a renowned car collector, he never managed to gain ownership of the car he drove in the movie. He attempted to convince owners of the only surviving movie model to sell the car to him, but never succeeded.
Perhaps the most notorious car lover in media is Jay Leno, as evidenced by NBC’s dedicated webpage of his garage.
The late-night talk-show host got his first job at a Ford dealership, and his father would often call his 1966 Ford Galaxie 7 a “rocket ship” because of its performance. That likely jumpstarted Leno’s interest in Ford and ultimately led to his present ownership of a 1965 Ford Mustang GT 350. He was also friends with Carroll Shelby, the creator of the Shelby Mustang, for more than 20 years.
When you need an advanced vehicle to keep you and your family safe on the road, the 2017 Ford Escape can do precisely that. The Ford’s Escape safety features include both protective and preventative measures.
The Escape is available in three trim levels: S, SE, and Titanium. Standard on all Escape models are antilock brakes, traction and stability control, airbags, automatic headlights, and a rearview camera. The airbags will help protect you and your passengers in case of an accident. But where the real protection lies is in preventing an accident from happening in the first place.
Here, the antilock brakes, automatic headlights, stability control, and rearview camera come into play. These features help you stay in control, stay visible, and see what’s behind you before anything happens.
Available on the SE trim are more active features, like rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. These features come standard on the Titanium trim. Optional for the Titanium model is adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic high-beam control, automatic wipers, lane departure warning and intervention, front and side parking sensors, and an automated parking system.
Stop by Shults Ford of Harmarville today to see the 2017 Ford Escape’s safety features for yourself.
Shopping for car lovers can be difficult, especially if you aren’t familiar with the industry. Fortunately, there are many great gifts that will please any driver. Here are a few gifts for car enthusiasts as suggested by us here at Shults Ford of Harmarville. Happy holidays!
- Apps – Smartphone apps are relatively inexpensive, if not free, and are the best way to allow a driver to keep a close eye on their vehicle. Some apps even allow drivers to monitor fuel consumption and real-time stats.
- Racetrack Coasters – Nothing is simpler than a set of racetrack coasters. Let your loved one bring their passion in from the garage.
- Video Games – There’s a rather large number of car-based video games on the market. Stop by your local gaming store and peruse the shelves or ask for help!
- Solar Charger – Electric cars are becoming more and more popular. As a result, some companies, like BMW, are creating solar chargers.
- Mirror Speaker – What’s better than listening to music from a portable mirror speaker?
- GoPro – Off-road drivers love to hit the trails. Let them share their experience by investing in a GoPro.
- Leather Wallets – Wallet makers tend to pander to specific audiences. That’s true for car enthusiasts, as indicated by the GTO leather wallet.
- Power Wheels – Got a kid that found their passion for cars early? What makes a better gift than a drivable power toy-vehicle?
- Anki Drive Kit – Ever wanted to test your skills on a miniature racetrack? Now you can with the Anki DRIVE Kit. This gift features an AI-controlled opponent that adapts and gets better at racing the longer you play.
- A New Car – Let’s be real. What better gift is there than your car enthusiast’s dream ride? While most can’t afford a new car for Christmas, those who can could blow their car enthusiast’s mind this holiday season!
As an automotive manufacturer, Ford is always on the forefront of furthering mobility. Ford employees are stepping up to the plate to do their part. The Ford Last Mile Mobility Challenge takes submissions for personal assistant devices from Ford employees. The challenge received more than 600 submissions in 2016, which was an annual record. The short list of finalists rounds out to an impressive lineup of mobility inventions.
Carr-E, created by Killian Vas of Germany, can transport up to 260 lbs. and travel up to 14 miles. The four-wheeled device also has a top speed of 11 mph. Place an item on the device and it will follow an electronic transmitter.
TriCiti, created by James Neugebauer, Torsten Gerhardt, and Robert Spahl, is a rideable device and carrying assistant. The machine can be modified to carrying groceries, golf bags, and more. It boasts a 19-mile range and a top speed of up to 12 mph.
The EChair, developed by Gunther Cuypers, Robin Celis, and David Longin, is an electric wheelchair with a twist. This particular invention can load itself into a vehicle. That alone offers more independence to those with limited mobility.
We here at Shults Ford of Harmarville are happy to see Ford employees taking the initiative when it comes to furthering mobility!
When Ford employees aren’t hard at work designing and producing some of the best models on the market, they like to relax and have fun. Celebrating Take Your Child to Work Day, Ford employees at the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan recently broke the record for the largest Hot Wheels® track loop in the world.
According to Ford, the track loop measured 12-ft in height, initially designed by Ford dynamometer technician Matt West. In order to provide enough room for such a gigantic track, employees had to move to the three-story atrium located at the company’s Research and Innovation Center. The kids who participated in Take Your Child to Work Day couldn’t be more excited to see the track in action.
“It started as part-fun, part-physics lesson with my son at home,” said West. “We built one in our playroom, and then built a five-foot-tall loop in our backyard. When people at Ford heard what we were up to, everyone thought it would be a great way to get young people excited about science and engineering by trying to break the world record on Take Your Child to Work Day.”
The Ford Hot Wheels Record beat out the previous record-holder by a whopping three feet. The track isn’t just about size, though; West and other employees had to figure out how to get enough momentum to launch a small toy car around the loop.
In an effort to show support to our veterans, Ford sent 91 Chicago-area veterans to Washington D.C. via the ‘Honor Flight Chicago’ program on October 29th. The veterans visited the Nation’s capital, where they had the opportunity to experience the national war memorials that have been dedicated in their honor.
Honor Flight Chicago, the local hub of the Honor Flight Network, organized the trip. Ford Fund first partnered with Honor Flight in 2011 and since then, Ford has sponsored Honor Flights from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri and Illinois. In 2014 alone, Ford supported three flights with a total of over 200 veterans from across the nation, including Chicago.
“Ford is privileged to play a small role in what we hope is a big day of reflection, remembrance and recognition for those who fought to defend freedom, democracy and the American way of life,” said Jim Vella, president Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services in a recent news release.
Ford’s Sponsorship of Honor Flights isn’t the only method through which Ford Motor Company supports our military – in fact, the auto giant has a rich history of commitment to our veterans and active duty military personnel. Ford employs over 5,000 veterans and civilian employees, has provided $9 million to veteran’s organizations since 1974, and also provides support to military and their families through the American Red Cross.
Join Shults Ford of Harmarville and visit redcross.org to learn how you can support military families in your community.
The highly-anticipated 2015 Ford F-150 has just had its pricing announced and will begin going on sale later this year. Despite a new, weight-saving aluminum body, the 2015 F-150 will only add a small amount to the pickup’s total cost.
The XL and XLT entry level models start at $26,615 and $31,890, respectively, which is only a $395 increase over the heavier, current-gen 2014 truck. Even the upgrade to a Lariat model is negligibly more expensive—it starts at $39,880, which is only $895 more than last year.
As expected, however, the top-end models do cost a little extra compared to the 2014 truck. The leather-rich King Ranch will cost $49,460, up $3,515, and the Platinum trim will cost $52,155, up $3,055.
That being said, there’s more than just 700 pounds of weight-saving to justify the cost increases. All standard equipment has been heightened across all models. Given that the entry-level XL and XLT account for about 70 percent of all F-150 sales and have less than a $400 increase, that’s not a bad deal at all.
Learn more at Shults Ford of Harmarville!