A fleet of Ford C-MAX Energi PHEVs is part of a €13.2 million study into electric vehicle use in urban areas.
According to a press release from Ford, 17 C-MAX Energi models out of a total fleet of 66 Ford electrified vehicles will take part in a Ford-managed project that will see the cars integrated into the transportation mix in Cologne, Germany. Known as “colognE-mobil,” the project “could offer a template for the potential further roll-out of electric vehicle infrastructures in other cities across Germany,” the release said. The project is partially funded by the German government.
The colognE-mobil project is currently in its second phase, which is expected to last until 2015. It started in 2009 with three companies partnering with Ford with a smaller fleet of vehicles. Now, Ford “is working with 11 partners that include transport and energy companies, government departments, and research organisations,” the release said. Those companies are RheinEnergie AG, the city of Cologne, the University of Duisburg-Essen, the public transport providers KVB and RVK, the solar energy company Energiebau, Transportation Research & Consulting GmbH, the Cologne cab company Taxiruf, the Cologne/Bonn Airport, the TÜV Rheinland, and DB Rent GmbH.
This second phase will focus on four areas, according to the release:
- Charging infrastructure improvements
- The use of renewable power, electric car-sharing, and e-cabs
- Networking effectively with public transport
- Public perception and safety aspects
Ford of Germany Chairman Bernhard Mattes said, “The continuation of the colognE-mobile project underscores our clear commitment to environmentally responsible mobility, especially the electrification of vehicles. We will gain a more complete picture in the second phase with more partners. This will help us to develop even more practical solutions that will further advance electric mobility.”