Ford has confirmed details on seven out of the 13 global electrified models scheduled for launch in the next five years which would include the Mustang Hybrid, F-150 Hybrid and Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid.
Next to the new electrified versions of existing models, Ford will also launch a fully electric SUV with an expected range of at least 480km for customers globally.
According to CarScoops, Ford said that the all-electric SUV will be produced at the Flat Rock plant and sold in North America, Europe and Asia, without revealing further details.
The company said the Mustang’s electrified version, which would officially debut in 2020 and initially be available only in North America, would offer V8 power and even more low-end torque.
As for the F-150 Hybrid, Ford plans for it to enter the North America and Middle East markets by 2020.
It said the final production version will offer powerful towing and payload capacity, while its electrified powertrain will allow it to operate as a mobile generator.
The Transit Custom is also destined to get a plug-in hybrid variant by 2019 in Europe, planning to offer reduced operating costs, and Ford said it is going to offer two new pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicles.
Ford’s global range of utility models will become the brand’s first hybrid vehicles to combine an EcoBoost petrol engine with electric power, which will further improve fuel economy and overall performance.
The company’s plan includes a high-volume, autonomous vehicle as well, set to debut in 2021 in North America, designed for ride-hailing or ride-sharing.
Its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan is going to be expanded as part of a $700million investment in order to become eligible for the production of high-tech autonomous and electric vehicles.
The expansion will also create 700 direct new jobs.
This move is a part of Ford’s $4.5billion investment in electrified vehicles, which aims to turn the whole brand into an ‘auto and mobility’ company.
“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,” said Ford president and CEO Mark Fields.
Ford also said it’s cancelling plans for a new plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and that the next-generation Focus will be produced at the existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico in order to improve the company’s profitability and to make way for two new products at the Michigan plants, safeguarding approximately 3,500 US jobs.
The company also continues their development work on wireless charging for electric vehicles. The goal is to make charging as easy as pulling into a parking spot and never forget to recharge.