Ford has spent some time over the past few years shifting its focus. While big, rugged trucks are still very much the backbone of the automaker, finding ways to reduce their cars’ and trucks’ impact on the environment has become a major priority. Now, Ford is taking green energy to their dealerships.
Ford has announced that a pilot program will install clean energy systems in Ford dealerships – four dealerships, to be exact. The systems will use solar and wind energy to power the entire dealership, including buildings, electric-car charging stations, and lot lighting.
The systems will be supplied by Wind Energy Corporation, and use a large “wind sail” to harvest energy, along with a 7-kilowatt solar array. The wind sales will feature the Ford logo and dealer’s name, which will serve as a unique form of advertising.
These “Windy Systems” are each expected to generate 20,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, which is enough to power two homes for a year, or recharge the Focus Electric’s battery 870 times. Each system is expected to offset almost 14 tons of greenhouse-gas emissions each year.
The dealerships receiving the systems are electric-car certified Ford dealers who were selected based on their commitment to alternative energy use, along with their location’s ability to accommodate the system. Installations will begin next year, and will be completed by spring of 2015.
Here at Cambridge Classic Ford, we hope that these systems prove to be an ideal form of alternative energy for Ford dealerships, and that the automaker will soon expand this program to additional dealerships nationwide! If you are ready to make a difference, stop by today to learn more about our selection of electric and hybrid vehicles.