GE Green-Lights Big Ford Purchase

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
ge green lights big ford purchase

Earlier in the year, GE bought 12,000 Chevrolet Volts, and the company was promptly accused of “crony capitalism” and of “forcing its employees” into unwanted cars. The subtext was that the GE purchase propped up GM’s Volt sales. Now GE does the same with Ford, but at a smaller scale.

GE will buy 2,000 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid vehicles for its corporate fleet, Reuters reports. In turn, Ford will market GE’s alternative fuel infrastructure technology, including charging stations and natural gas fueling stations.

GE wants to convert half of its global fleet to alternative fuel vehicles.

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  • Hubcap Hubcap on Nov 20, 2012

    "...the company was promptly accused of “crony capitalism” and of “forcing its employees” into unwanted cars." GE isn't forcing its workers to buy Volts right? GE is buying Volts as fleet vehicles. If workers are affronted by this they can always terminate their employment.

  • APaGttH APaGttH on Nov 20, 2012

    Oh the horrors! My employer bought me a car to provide to me for my work for FREE. It's not an A6? WTF?!? My employer could hand me the keys to a smartfortwo and let me commute for free and I would drive it with a smile on my face.

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    • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Nov 20, 2012

      @Scoutdude Corntrollio, my response was aimed at APaGttH. Now if it is non commuting miles then the company normally pays for that 100%. Now there are exceptions in some cases. For example the boss at the company that also provided me with a company vehicle couldn't lower himself to be seen driving something so cheap as a Taurus so he payed the difference in the cost of lease + maintenance contract between it and the Caddy he wanted as well as paying the miles at the then current rate for his personal and commuting use. Disclaimer: consult your personal tax professional.

  • Redmondjp Redmondjp on Nov 20, 2012

    What's a bit ironic about all of this is that, prior to Jack Welch's gutting of all-divisions-not-profitable-enough (er, anything other than financing, medical diagnostic equipment, and jet engines), GE was one of if not the biggest supplier of EV motors and controllers.

    • 3touring 3touring on Nov 20, 2012

      This is true. As an engineer in the GE Drive Systems group in the early 90s, I got to drive a Ford Ecostar with a power converter that we developed. It actually had pretty decent dynamics. The program had a spectacular end (remember the sodium batteries?) and ended up as a footnote in the corporate history. And yes, through joint ventures and divestitures GE drew down it's power conversion business, only to recently purchase Converteam to give it another go.

  • Carfriend313 Carfriend313 on Nov 22, 2012

    Working at British Steel our company car choices were limited to anything British (am I the only person who had great experiences with a Rover/Sterling 827?) or a Volvo (because Volvo was a big customer of ours). You can't blame a company for effectively investing in their own technology or supporting customers.