Overnight Ford announced that it has plans for 13 new electrified cars, all of which will hit the market by 2021. Ford has so far confirmed what seven of those vehicles will be.
The headline product in this green onslaught will be a new electric small SUV due by 2020, which will have a range of “at least” 480 kilometres (300 miles). This crossover EV will be built at the company’s plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, and will be sold in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Perhaps most controversially, Ford has also announced that it will produce a hybrid version of its iconic Mustang sports car. The company promises that the Mustang Hybrid will have as much power as the V8 variant, but will benefit from more torque.
The Mustang Hybrid will also be built in Flat Rock, Michigan, and will make its debut on the North American market in 2020. At this stage, this model has yet to be confirmed for other regions.
Above: Today’s conventionally powered Mustang.
In 2021, Ford plans to debut a “high-volume autonomous vehicle”. This vehicle will be specifically designed for ride hailing and ride sharing services, and seems unlikely to be available for general sale. Initially available only for the North American market, the self-driving car will feature a hybrid drivetrain.
Joining the range in 2020 will be a new F-150 Hybrid that’s said to “offer powerful towing and payload capacity, and operate as a mobile generator”. The F-150 Hybrid will be officially available in North America and the Middle East.
From 2019, Ford of Europe will add a plug-in hybrid version of the Transit Custom to its lineup.
Rounding out the announcement, Ford confirmed that it will also produce two pursuit-rated hybrid police cars at its facilities in Chicago.
The Flat Rock plant will not only add the Mustang Hybrid, EV SUV, and self-driving car to its production roster, but will benefit from $700 million ($925 million) worth of investment and a new Manufacturing Innovation Center.
Part of the money for these upgrades and today’s green announcement comes from Ford abandoning plans for a new plant in Mexico, which was initially slated to cost US$1.6 billion ($2.1 billion).
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