Michigan Tech Gets Ford Focus Electric; Will Tear Into It For Education

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 5

Ford Focus Electric to be used by Michigan Tech for Educational Purposes

Ford Focus Electric to be used by Michigan Tech for Educational Purposes

Ford has kindly donated one of its Focus Electrics to Michigan Tech University (commonly referred to as Michigan Tech) for use in the electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering departments.

Focus Electric

Focus Electric

Students there will have the opportunity to dissect the Focus Electric for educational purposes.

Michigan Tech is one of the world’s premier engineering schools and, as such, has several alumni whose job it is today to design, develop and engineer electric vehicles for major automakers around the world.

The donated Focus will mainly be used in Michigan Tech’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise program.

Electrical engineering department chair Dan Fuhrmann had this to say:

“This university has a longstanding connection with the automotive industry, and so we want to stay current with that, and we depend on this sort of industrial support because our students are very well respected in the industry.”

Michigan Tech has a long-standing relationship with Ford and works with other major OEMs on a regular basis.

Fuhrmann says because the industry is constantly changing and upgrading, the computer science students will benefit from studying the vehicle as well.

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5 responses to "Michigan Tech Gets Ford Focus Electric; Will Tear Into It For Education"

  1. kdawg says:

    Good place to do some cold weather testing!

  2. Ocean Railroader says:

    I once went there and there are legends of the snow getting over three feet deep in that area. One of the things for it though is that the distances are very vast between towns to the point that it might even be hard for a Tesla to get between towns so it might have to be flat bedded in and stay local.

    1. kdawg says:

      Winter Carnival is pretty awesome w/the snow carvings. I actually work w/a couple alum from Michigan Tech. Towns aren’t that far apart. Marquette, Munising, Escanaba, Iron Mountain, Ironwood all within Tesla range. Green Bay may be pushing it in the winter though.

      1. Jeff Durham says:

        Beautiful area. It might be a good area to test out the Tesla Model X.

  3. Rick Danger says:

    Maybe the students can fix the glitch so the cars are not Found On the Road Dead.