Ford Mustang To Get Hybrid Version in 2020
F-150 and Transit hybrids plus several electric vehicles on the table tooby Ciprian Florea, on
Ford Motor Company has just announced details on its massive electrification plans for the future, which include hybrid versions of existing models, new all-electric cars, as well as an autonomous hybrid. The brand plans to launch 13 new electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid electric cars in the next five years, but the biggest news is that the iconic Ford Mustang will also benefit from electrification.
According to Ford president and CEO Mark Fields, a hybrid version of the Mustang will be introduced in 2020. The first ever pony to feature an electric motor will be as powerful as a V-8 model and will boast "more low-end torque." Specific information is not yet available, but Ford did say that the Mustang Hybrid will be built at the Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan and that it will be available in North America only at first.
Alongside the Mustang, Ford will also develop a hybrid version of the F-150 pickup truck, which will offer "powerful towing and payload capacity and operate as a mobile generator." The truck will also be made available by 2020 and sold in North America and the Middle East. The Transit Custom van is also set to take the hybrid route. This version will be made available as a plug-in in 2019 in Europe. Ford’s electrification plans also include an all-new, fully-electric SUV with an estimated range of "at least 300 miles" and a high-volume, autonomous hybrid vehicle "designed for commercial ride hailing or ride sharing." The latter will debut in 2021. Finally, Ford is developing two new pursuit rated hybrid police vehicles.
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What Else Is On The Table?
Ford’s big press conference also revealed that the company’s global utility lineup will begin using hybrid drivetrains powered by turbocharged, EcoBoost engines rather than naturally aspirated mills.
With most of these new cars scheduled to be built at the Flat Rock assembly plant, Ford is adding 700 new jobs there and investing $700 million during the next four years to create the new Manufacturing Innovation Center. To do this, Ford is cancelling plans for the new plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, which required a $1.6 billion investment. As a result, the next-generation Focus will be built at an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico. By moving Focus production from the Michigan Assembly Plant, Ford will make way for two new vehicles in Wayne, thus safeguarding approximately 3,500 U.S. jobs.
FoMoCo also announced that it will begin testing its new generation of EV technology in Europe in 2017, when several Transit Custom plug-in hybrids will be put on the road. A fleet of Transit Connect hybrid taxis will also be tested in New York and "several major U.S. cities."
Finally, Ford wants to introduce a range of global EV vehicle service and solutions, including "fleet management, route planning, and telematics, A network of ultra-fast charging stations is also in the works and will include thousands of charging points by 2020.
Why It Matters
Needless to say, muscle cars fanatics might not be happy to hear that the Mustang is going hybrid, but this is actually good news. A hybrid version that burns less gasoline and emits less carbon-dioxide into the atmosphere will enable Ford to keep production the V-8 models we enjoy. A hybrid Mustang would also be a great addition for drivers looking to spend less on fuel and it might even bring a few new customers into Ford dealerships. This could work best for Ford in Europe, where the V-8-powered Mustang is quite expensive to buy due to the taxes big-displacement engines are subject to in most countries. And no, Camaro fans don’t get to laugh and come up with memes just yet, as Chevy might do the same in a few years.
Likewise, a hybrid truck is also a very good idea that could finally prove that the F-150 doesn’t necessarily have to be a gas-guzzler in order to perform well. Sure, you can’t expect miracles and mpgs similar to hybrid compacts, but a hybrid F-150 will definitely return more miles than a diesel Colorado.
As for the all-electric SUV and autonomous vehicle, Ford is finally stepping into the 21st century as far as electrification goes, joining other automakers in a collective effort to make the world a better place.
Read our full review on the 2016 Ford Mustang here.