Ford plans 13 new electrified vehicles, including all-electric SUV and hybrid Mustang and F-150

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Ford has announced that it plans to introduce 13 new electrified vehicles over the next five years, including hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and Mustang. The automaker will invest $700 million to equip its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan to produce autonomous and electric vehicles, part of a $4.5-billion investment in electrified vehicles by 2020.

It’s something of an about-face for a company that has shown little interest in hybrids or EVs in recent years (despite the fact that sales of its two plug-in hybrid models together are neck-and-neck with those of the Chevy Volt). In December, CEO Mark Fields implied that electrified vehicles weren’t in line with “market realities” (despite what some media outlets reported, he didn’t go so far as to say there was “zero interest”).

Here’s what Mr. Fields says now: “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.”

Ford’s strategy is to electrify its most popular, high-volume models.

The new vehicles announced today include:

  • An all-new fully electric small SUV with a range of at least 300 miles, coming by 2020
  • A hybrid version of the best-selling F-150 pickup, available by 2020
  • A hybrid version of the iconic Mustang that will deliver V8 power and even more low-end torque, also to debut in 2020
  • A Transit Custom plug-in commercial van, to be available in Europe in 2019
  • Two new pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicles

More cool things are in the pipeline. Ford is testing a fleet of 20 Transit Connect hybrid taxi and van prototypes in several US cities, and is piloting wireless charging technology on company EVs. It is also joining with several European automakers to create an “ultra-fast” charging network that will offer thousands of charging points by 2020.

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Source: Ford

  • gizmowiz

    You call the Ford Cmax ‘neck and neck’ with the Volt when it has a paltry EV range of 22 miles compared to the Volts 53 miles? Get a life jeeze. This is nothing but a FORD advertisement not a real article as it’s full of manufacturer beating it’s chest. By lying.

  • Joel ≡ Sapp

    A better title would be “Ford announces 1 BEV coming in 3-4 years”. Charged EVs shouldn’t be interested in non-plugin hybrids.

  • Electric Bill

    They are dipping their toes in the pool, but sadly, they are not really ready to go swimming.

    Like the other legacy car makers, the only reason they are doing this is because they can no longer pretend that Tesla is not already eating Ford’s— and everyone else’s— lunch: no other car company has ever received $180 million in deposits for any car on the same day it went on sale, and those deposits are for a car none of those customers will receive for more than a year. Then, there is the outrageous anticipation and public demand for the Chevy Bolt… again, when there is that much excitement over a vehicle no one can get for months, it is a signal that anyone ignoring the tsunami is putting their survival at stake.

    They don’t like knowing that they are being forced to sell something they will be able to make negligible profit on once it rolls out of the showroom, but the alternative is even worse.

    We can thank Elon for these events, of course… I shudder to think where we would be today without his bold and intuitive moves.

    • Naturenut99

      To be fair there have been a little over 500 Bolts sold (in people’s garages) in Dec.
      They are getting out there, slowly and to the west coast first, but they are “available”.

  • discussstuff

    Making hybrids is not the way to go. Full EVs is the way. The near future of cars.

    • Tim

      I disagree. I just bought a new Volt 4 mos ago & drove it in EV mode only it’s first 3 months of ownership. Although it’s considered a plug-in hybrid (extended range vehicle), it can be used over 95% of the time as an only EV vehicle. But I didn’t want the range anxiety of a BEV vehicle on lengthy road trips. It’s the best of both worlds in my opinion.