Posts Tagged: Ford EVs

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E first drive report

Ford’s first real EV turns out to be a serious contender from Day One, due to striking looks and universal name recognition. Sitting in the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E as it fast-charged in a Walmart parking lot, a grinning middle-aged man approached. The Mach-E attracts attention—thumbs-up in traffic, stares on the highway—so we figured he… Read more »

Canadian and Ontarian governments invest $590 million to retool Ford plant for EV production

The governments of Ontario and Canada have announced that each will invest $295 million to help Ford upgrade its assembly plant in Oakville to start producing EVs. The grant was agreed to as part of last month’s $1.8-billion deal between Ford and the Canadian trade union Unifor. Ford plans to produce five new electric car… Read more »

Ford says electric F-150 will be “a workhorse,” will begin production in mid-2022

Many believe the tipping point for EVs in the US will occur when a selection of electric pickup trucks hits the market. Now Ford, the prime purveyor of pickups, has announced that it is moving ahead with its plans to produce an electric version of the F-150, the nation’s bestselling vehicle. The Detroit Free Press… Read more »

BorgWarner to build integrated drive module for Ford Mustang Mach-E

BorgWarner has announced that it is building an Integrated Drive Module (iDM) for Ford’s new all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV. The iDM comes complete with a BorgWarner thermal-management system and a gearbox integrated with a motor and power electronics from other suppliers.  “Our knowledge of system integration, paired with our gearing proficiency, allows us to design… Read more »

Lightning Systems debuts new electric powertrain for Ford F-550 Chassis Cab

Colorado-based Lightning Systems has launched a new all-electric powertrain for the popular Ford F-550 Chassis Cab, which can be used for shuttle buses, delivery trucks and many other specialty vehicles. The new Lightning Electric Ford F-550 will be available in gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR) of 17,500 to 19,500 pounds. The company is now accepting… Read more »

Ford Mustang Mach-E buyers to receive free fill-ups from Electrify America

Ford has announced that buyers of its upcoming Mustang Mach-E will receive a little welcome-to-electric-driving present: 250 kWh of complimentary charging at Electrify America fast charging stations. This amounts to from three to five full charges, depending on battery size. Mustang Mach-E customers also get two years of free charging at stations participating in the… Read more »

Ford COO says electric F-150 pickup and Transit van will arrive mid-2022

Ford COO Jim Farley has announced that electric versions of the F-150 pickup and Ford Transit van will make it to market by mid-2022. He offered no further information about the vehicles. “We are No. 1 in the pickup and the van market in Western Europe and the US, and this is our chance,” Farley… Read more »

New Ford Escape PHEV offers 37 miles of electric range and record 100 MPGe efficiency

Ford’s new Escape Plug-In Hybrid boasts an EPA-estimated 37 miles of electric range, and what Ford says is a “best-in-class” fuel economy rating of 100 MPGe combined. This Escape features Ford’s fourth-generation hybrid propulsion system, which includes a new 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle hybrid engine and continuously variable transmission. The liquid-cooled, 14.4 kWh battery is located… Read more »

Stanford researchers demonstrate major advance in dynamic charging

Stanford engineers say they have taken a big step toward a practical system for dynamic charging, which would allow EVs to recharge while hurtling down the highway. Stanford Professor Shanhui Fan has been working on dynamic charging for some time. In 2012, he and his team published a description of a dynamic system, which they… Read more »

Ford cancels Rivian EV project due to “current environment”—development of new gas models continues

We’re learning more about the coronavirus every day. Now it seems that it infects EVs, but not ICE vehicles. Ford and Rivian have canceled their plans to jointly develop an EV for the Lincoln brand, citing the “current environment” around the ongoing coronavirus crisis as the reason. Although development of some of Ford’s new gas-powered… Read more »