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.
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.