It is inevitable. Electric propulsion is the way to go, whether full or hybrid and Ford Motor Company is going all-in with the announcement that 13 new global electrified vehicles will be introduced to the market within the next five years.
Seven of the thirteen vehicles were detailed by Ford president and CEO Mark Fields and it included the F-150 pickup and Mustang in the U.S., a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van in Europe and a fully electric SUV with an expected range of at least 300 miles for global release.
“As more and more consumers around the world become interested in electrified vehicles, Ford is committed to being a leader in providing consumers with a broad range of electrified vehicles, services and solutions that make people’s lives better. Our investments and expanding lineup reflect our view that global offerings of electrified vehicles will exceed gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 15 years,” said Fields.
This is part of a $4.5 billion grand plan to boost Ford’s electrified vehicles portfolio and expand the company’s mobility solutions by ‘electrifying its most popular, high-volume commercial vehicles, trucks, SUVs and performance vehicles to make them even more capable, productive and fun to drive.’
Seven of the thirteen new electrified models are as follows:
An all-new fully electric small SUV, coming by 2020, engineered to deliver an estimated range of at least 300 miles, to be built at the Flat Rock plant and sold in North America, Europe and Asia
A high-volume autonomous vehicle designed for commercial ride hailing or ride sharing, starting in North America. The hybrid vehicle will debut in 2021 and will be built at the Flat Rock plant
A hybrid version of the best-selling F-150 pickup available by 2020 and sold in North America and the Middle East. The F-150 Hybrid, built at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant, will offer powerful towing and payload capacity and operate as a mobile generator
A hybrid version of the iconic Mustang that will deliver V8 power and even more low-end torque. The Mustang Hybrid, built at the Flat Rock Plant, debuts in 2020 and will be available in the North America to start
A Transit Custom plug-in hybrid available in 2019 in Europe engineered to help reduce operating costs in even the most congested streets
Two new, pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicles. One of the two new hybrid police vehicles will be built in Chicago, and both will be upfitted with their police gear at Ford’s dedicated police vehicle modification center in Chicago
Ford also announced that its global utility lineup will be the company’s first hybrids powered by EcoBoost® rather than naturally aspirated engines.
The automaker will use twenty years of experience building electrified vehicles in order to deliver vehicles that will appeal to truck customers, SUV owners, performance enthusiasts, high-volume commercial fleets and everyone in between. Ford’s global EV strategy is to build on our strengths. While some others seem to be focused on marketing claims and numbers, we’re focused on providing customers even more of what they love about their Ford vehicles. This means more capability for trucks, more productivity for commercial vehicles and more performance for sports cars – plus improved fuel economy,” said Raj Nair, executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer.