Ford plans for the future with electric SUV and hybrid Mustang
No, it’s not a joke, and yes, you did read it right – from 2020, Ford’s iconic Mustang will go hybrid. Ford says it will still make use of a traditional V8, but for muscle car maniacs and petrolheads generally, it’ll still be a difficult idea to digest.
It is another indicator however, that the future lies in hybrid and all-electric technology, with Ford putting $4.5bn aside to create several alternatively fuelled vehicles over the next decade.
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It’s all part of the company’s global plan for the future, which promises to provide new mobility solutions with electric and self-driving technology.
The investment will see the launch of PHEVs and EVs across all of the organisation’s markets, and claims these new cars will offer customers “greater fuel efficiency, capability and power”.
Like its competitors, Ford has autonomous aspirations too, but it has stated its EV plan currently
focuses on its areas of strength, electrifying its most popular current models including SUVs, commercial vehicles and of course its range of high performance cars.
Aside from the prospect of a hybrid Mustang, in Europe we can look forward to an all-electric SUV, which Ford claims will feature a range of “at least 300 miles”. Arriving in 2020, it’ll join a hybrid Transit, which should do away with the smoky, fume-spewing image that has maligned it somewhat in the past.
Ford’s plan includes a hybrid versions of the Transit and its iconic F-150 pick-up truck, as well as plans for an as-yet unmasked electric SUV for Europe.
The Mustang isn’t the company’s only iconic vehicle that’ll get the hybrid treatment, with the F-150 pick-up truck also going green. It won’t be available in Europe, but it is actually the best-selling vehicle in America.
Commenting on Ford’s investment, Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO, said: “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.”
Electric technology might be the future, but we don’t think Mustang fans should lament its passing just yet. After all, Honda’s NSX, McLaren’s P1 and of course Tesla have all proven just how much electric tech can enhance performance.