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Ford Helps Businesses Build a Smarter Fleet


Just the Facts:
  • The Ford Fleet Purchase Planner is designed to help businesses build a budget-minded and eco-friendly fleet of vehicles.
  • The patent-pending tool offers buyers guidance in choosing from Ford's expanding lineup, which now includes a growing number of hybrid and electric-vehicle offerings.
  • "The company recognized the potential for confusion, which prompted development of the new tool," said Ford in a statement.

DEARBORN, Michigan The Ford Fleet Purchase Planner is designed to help businesses build a budget-minded and eco-friendly fleet of vehicles.

The patent-pending tool offers buyers guidance in choosing from Ford's expanding lineup, which now includes a growing number of hybrid and electric-vehicle offerings.

They include the 2014 Ford C-Max, Focus Electric, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi.

"The company recognized the potential for confusion, which prompted development of the new tool," said Ford in a statement.

The Fleet Purchase Planner factors in environmental concerns, individual driving habits of employees and terrain traveled and then calculates the fleet's environmental impact and cost. Buyers are able to change the lineup until the mix meets their goals.

"The one-size-fits-all approach is outdated," said John Ginder, manager of systems analytics and environmental sciences, Ford research and advanced engineering. "Given what now can be done with analytics, customers shouldn't settle for buying one vehicle for an entire fleet based on factors such as projected use or miles per gallon."

Edmunds says: If you are a business owner looking to revamp a company fleet of vehicles, this may prove to be an invaluable tool.

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