Ford has introduced a pursuit-rated hybrid-electric police sedan which will be used by New York and Los Angeles law enforcement agencies. The vehicles will be available for order this spring. The vehicle is estimated to provide a combined gas mileage of 38 miles per gallon.
Honda debuted two versions of the Clarity at the New York Auto Show, the 2017 Honda Clarity Electric and 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. The vehicles are powered by a battery pack and a plug-in hybrid powertrain, respectively. The Clarity Electric, with an estimated range of 80 miles, is targeted for states like California with high emissions standards.
Consumers may think of Silicon Valley as the center of autonomous vehicle development, but per Navigant Research’s recent report, the leader comes from the traditional car makers – Ford. GM is also at the top of the list. Per the study, Ford’s investment in startups that supply autonomous technology plus its own technology are a couple of the factors that helped put them at the top.
Thinking of buying an EV in California? The prepared to pay more in fees. Starting in the 2020 model year, a one-time $100 registration fee will be charged. The fee is intended to help fund the state’s Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program. Costs for the much-needed repairs are estimated at $130 billion. Other states have already enacted these fees. Nebraska and Missouri have had a program since 2011 and six other states are introducing similar measures.
Ford has issued three safety recalls and one safety compliance recall. One of the recalls is for certain 2013-15 Ford Escape, Ford Fiesta ST, Ford Fusion and Ford Transit Connect 1.6-liter GTDI vehicles for under-hood fire risk due to lack of coolant circulation. Ford is expanding the safety recall for certain 2014 Ford Fiesta, 2013-14 Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ vehicles to replace door latches. The third recall is for certain 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 vehicles to replace the driveshaft, due to a resonance condition that can fracture the transmission and/or driveline components. This can result in loss of “motive power” when driving or cause unintended movement when the vehicle is parked. The last recall is for the repair of windshield header welds in certain 2017 Ford Edge vehicles. Click here to check recalls and service actions by VIN.