The Ford Fiesta is the automaker’s entry-level offering, and it has added new engine options of late to make for a very diverse range. It appears Ford is at least exploring future possibilities of expanding that range, partnering up with German tech supplier Schaeffler to produce an electric-motor battery-powered Fiesta. This isn’t to be confused with a direct preview of an upcoming Fiesta electric vehicle, but is “a driveable research vehicle that could lead to improvements in urban mobility.”
“This is an exciting project to work on with Schaeffler because it potentially opens new options for the development of zero emission vehicles with very efficient packaging and exceptional maneuverability,” said Pim van der Jagt, Ford’s director of Research and Advanced Engineering in Europe. “Looking forward, we have the opportunity to scope out the vehicle’s capabilities and how we might overcome some of the challenges presented by implementing the technology.” One of the unique things about the electric Fiesta prototype are its in-rear-wheel mounted electric motors, allowing the car to have rear-wheel-drive driving dynamics, without the weight and complex system found on most RWD and AWD vehicles. Ford has said it will partner with Schaeffler and others to produce two new driveable vehicles by 2015. So while there aren’t plans specifically for an electric Fiesta on a production scale, Ford is looking in to what’s possible.