A 24-month electric vehicle test program on Ford Motor Co. cars will start from January 2010 in Germany, according to Bloomberg News. Participating vehicles include 25 electric Focus compacts and Transit Vans.
Under the program that is said to cost 15 million euros, these cars will be put through actual traffic conditions in the town of Colone, the location of Ford's European division, said Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of the Center for Automotive Research at Germany's University of Duisburg-Essen, which is supervising the study.
Dudenhoeffer told Bloomberg that Ford will select drivers from its researchers and customers. He added that all the data gathered will be processed by computers which can simulate testing of more then 10,000 vehicles.
Bernd Meier, Ford Spokesman in Cologne, said that the study is the company's first in mainland Europe. Testing of battery-powered vehicles in London has already started.
Charging stations for the test fleet will be supplied by local utility provider RheinEnergie Ag, which will be the recipient of subsidies from the German government through the Economic-stimulus package.