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Ford Creates ‘Team Edison’ to Develop Electric Cars, Tesla Flattered

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Ford has big plans for the electric car segment, having announced the establishment of an internal team called “Team Edison” to develop a slew of new EVs.

Ford already has plans to introduce a battery-powered crossover vehicle with a range of over 300-miles by 2020. Not to be outdone by cross-town rival General Motors, the company will follow it up with several other electric vehicles beyond that time frame.

Team Edison was created to speed up the development of those vehicles and will operate independently within the company, focusing solely on electrics while other Ford divisions develop hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains.

Sherif Marakby, Ford’s head of electrification and autonomous vehicles, told :

“We see an inflection point in the major markets toward battery electric vehicles. We feel it’s important to have a cross-functional team all the way from defining the strategy plans and implementation to advanced marketing.”

Ford is working on introducing 13 electrified vehicles over the next five years, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The company didn’t reveal when exactly they will arrive.

Fun Trivia: Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, whom Tesla Motors is named after, were bitter rivals that waged a “War of Currents” in the 1880s over whose electrical system would power the world. It was Tesla’s alternating-current (AC) system rather than Edison’s rival direct-current (DC) electric power that won, and Edison has generally been viewed as the evil genius of the duo.

As if a repeat of history, there has been a skirmish between Ford and Tesla Motors, one in which Ford denied Tesla use of the “Model E” moniker for the Model 3.

It’s interesting to see this bitter rivalry still live on today — Thomas Edison vs Nikola Tesla round 2. What does that say about Ford?

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Ford Ranger Raptor Deputes With Serious Off-Road Cred, Diesel Power

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New, 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor

Meet the Ford F-150 Raptor’s very capable younger brother — the Ford Ranger Raptor! Beefed up to handle much more extreme terrain than the regular Ranger, the performance-tuned pickup truck comes equipped with a torquey diesel engine as part of its arsenal of off-road features.

Revealed in Thailand at a media event for the Asia Pacific market, the little Raptor is much more rugged-looking and wider than the standard Ranger, borrowing many styling cues from the F-150 Raptor such as a larger grille with the large block FORD lettering. It boasts dent-resistant front bumpers, more than 11 inches of ground clearance, a 32.5-degree approach angle, 24-degree ramp-over angle, 24-degree departure angle, and bespoke all-terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tires.

The Ranger Raptor’s flared fenders are made from composite materials and can accommodate a long-travel suspension, while its modified rear bumper comes with an integrated tow bar and two recovery hooks.

Ford’s engineers also reinforced the frame, added Fox Racing Shox to better handle high-speed impacts, and gave the rear suspension coilovers and a solid axle with a Watt’s-link system.

In Asia, the Ford Ranger Raptor sources its power from a new 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine that produces 211 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, mated to the same 10-speed automatic transmission found in the F-150 Raptor.

No word yet on whether it will be sold in North America and other world markets, so make sure to stay tuned to FbaPPs for future updates.

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Watch The Ford Ranger Raptor In Action [Video]

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New Ford Ranger Raptor Engine Off-Roading

With the Ford F-150 Raptor turning out as well as it did, car enthusiasts are very excited to see what Ford has in store for the first-ever Ranger Raptor.

An all-new Ford Ranger made its North American debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, and it is a very promising mid-size pickup truck that’s light years better than its antiquated predecessor and should give the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon a run for their money.

The performance-tuned Raptor was teased in a video posted by Ford Thailand (see below) showing it tackle off-road trails in Southern California’s Anza-Borrego Desert. Reports claim it will be powered by Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, possibly delivering as much as 400 horsepower.

A detuned version of the turbocharged 3.5L V6 under the hood of the F-150 Raptor has been rumored but seems like a less likely possibility, while a twin-turbo 2.0-liter Diesel might be offered in some markets.

Buyers across the Asia Pacific region will be the first to buy the Ford Ranger Raptor in the second half of 2018, with a North American launch expected sometime later. What do you hope to see?

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Ford Will Release 40 Plugin Hybrid And Electric Vehicles By 2022

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Like crosstown rival General Motors, Ford Motor Co has an onslaught of hybrid and electric cars on the way, having confirmed plans to release 40 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles by 2022.

This includes electrified versions of the popular F-150 pickup and Mustang sports cars and a fully-electric performance SUV (possible called ‘Mach 1’) that offers at least a 300-mile range and goes on sale by 2020. In fact, 16 of the 40 models will be fully-electric.

To make this happen, Ford will invest more than $11 billion by 2022 and has formed ‘Team Edison’ to “own the strategy, own the planning, and interface into the trend” of EV development and production.

The Ford Escape and Expedition, as well as the Lincoln MKC and Navigator, are expected to get plug-in hybrid versions soon. Speaking of Lincoln, the brand is expected to offer a hybrid version of each of its models.

Ford is clearly sinking its feet into the inevitable electric future.

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