Ford To Launch 300-Mile Pure Electric SUV By 2020, PHEV Transit Custom Van In 2019, Hybrid F-150 & Mustang In 2020

9 months ago by Eric Loveday 69

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2016 Ford Transit Custom

2016 Ford Transit Custom

During a livestream event today at Ford’s Flat Rock Michigan Assembly Plant, CEO Mark Fields surprised us with some announcements related to plug-in vehicles.

The focus of the event was on Ford’s decision to expand its Flat Rock site and abandon plans to construct a new factory in Mexico (note to the new President-Elect?), but slipped in the mix was Ford’s future electrification plans.

Here’s the relevant portion of the announcement:

Ford confirms seven of 13 new global electrified vehicles coming in the next five years, including F-150 Hybrid, Mustang Hybrid and Transit Custom plug-in hybrid

Ford to launch fully electric SUV with an estimated range of at least 300 miles and two new electrified police vehicles

Among the 7 global electrified vehicles coming within 5 years, only two interest us, as the others appear to be conventional hybrids (a step in the right direction, at least).

Would Definitely Prefer A Plug-In Hybrid F-150 Over Just A Hybrid F-150 - C'mon Ford...Give Us What We Want

Would Definitely Prefer A Plug-In Hybrid F-150 Over Just A Hybrid F-150 – C’mon Ford…Give Us What We Want

The biggest announcement is that Ford will offer a purely electric SUV by 2020. This vehicle will have a range of 300 miles:

  • An all-new fully electric small SUV, coming by 2020, engineered to deliver an estimated range of at least 300 miles, to be built at the Flat Rock plant and sold in North America, Europe and Asia

This SUV appears as though it will be a dedicated EV. Here’s how Ford refers to it:

the all-new small utility vehicle with extended battery range

The other plug-in announced is the 2019 Ford Transit Custom Van plug-in hybrid:

  • A Transit Custom plug-in hybrid available in 2019 in Europe engineered to help reduce operating costs in even the most congested streets

The remaining vehicles include a hybrid Mustang and a hybrid Ford F-150:

  • A hybrid version of the best-selling F-150 pickup available by 2020 and sold in North America and the Middle East. The F-150 Hybrid, built at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant, will offer powerful towing and payload capacity and operate as a mobile generator
  • A hybrid version of the iconic Mustang that will deliver V8 power and even more low-end torque. The Mustang Hybrid, built at the Flat Rock Plant, debuts in 2020 and will be available in the North America to start
Ford's plug-in passenger vehicle lineup to get some new additions soon (ish)

Ford’s plug-in passenger vehicle lineup to get some new additions soon (ish)

Mark Fields, Ford CEO, stated:

“Our investments and expanding lineup reflect our view that global offerings of electrified vehicles will exceed gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 15 years.”

It’s refreshing to see this EVs-are-fun-to-drive statement contained within Ford’s release too:

Ford is focusing its EV plan on its areas of strength – electrifying its most popular, high-volume commercial vehicles, trucks, SUVs and performance vehicles to make them even more capable, productive and fun to drive.

Full press blast below:

FORD ADDING ELECTRIFIED F-150, MUSTANG, TRANSIT BY 2020 IN MAJOR EV PUSH; EXPANDED U.S. PLANT TO ADD 700 JOBS TO MAKE EVS, AUTONOMOUS CARS

  • Ford confirms seven of 13 new global electrified vehicles coming in the next five years, including F-150 Hybrid, Mustang Hybrid and Transit Custom plug-in hybrid
  • Ford to launch fully electric SUV with an estimated range of at least 300 miles and two new electrified police vehicles
  • The automaker is investing $700 million and adding 700 direct new jobs in Flat Rock (Michigan) Assembly Plant to create a factory capable of producing high-tech electrified and autonomous vehicles – plus the iconic Ford Mustang and Lincoln Continental
  • Ford is piloting wireless technology that makes recharging an electric vehicle as easy as pulling into a parking spot; in addition, the company is testing EV prototypes this year in Europe, New York and other large U.S. cities
  • Ford is canceling plans for a new $1.6 billion plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and investing $700 million in the Flat Rock, Michigan, plant’s expansion; Ford will build its next-generation Focus at an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico, to improve company profitability
Ford: Less with the "electrified" passenger cars, more with plug-in and hybrid utility

Ford: Less with the “electrified” passenger cars, more with plug-in and hybrid utility

FLAT ROCK, Mich., Jan. 3, 2017 – Ford today detailed seven of the 13 new global electrified vehicles it plans to introduce in the next five years, including hybrid versions of the iconic F-150 pickup and Mustang in the U.S., a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van in Europe and a fully electric SUV with an expected range of at least 300 miles for customers globally.

The automaker also announced plans to invest $700 million to expand its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan into a factory that will build high-tech autonomous and electric vehicles along with the Mustang and Lincoln Continental. The expansion will create 700 direct new jobs.

The moves are part of a $4.5 billion investment in electrified vehicles by 2020, offering customers greater fuel efficiency, capability and power across Ford’s global vehicle lineup. The plans are part of the company’s expansion to be an auto and a mobility company, including leading in electrified and autonomous vehicles and providing new mobility solutions.

“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,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “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 is focusing its EV plan on its areas of strength – electrifying its most popular, high-volume commercial vehicles, trucks, SUVs and performance vehicles to make them even more capable, productive and fun to drive.

The seven global electrified vehicles announced today include:

  • An all-new fully electric small SUV, coming by 2020, engineered to deliver an estimated range of at least 300 miles, to be built at the Flat Rock plant and sold in North America, Europe and Asia
  • A high-volume autonomous vehicle designed for commercial ride hailing or ride sharing, starting in North America. The hybrid vehicle will debut in 2021 and will be built at the Flat Rock plant
  • A hybrid version of the best-selling F-150 pickup available by 2020 and sold in North America and the Middle East. The F-150 Hybrid, built at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant, will offer powerful towing and payload capacity and operate as a mobile generator
  • A hybrid version of the iconic Mustang that will deliver V8 power and even more low-end torque. The Mustang Hybrid, built at the Flat Rock Plant, debuts in 2020 and will be available in the North America to start
  • A Transit Custom plug-in hybrid available in 2019 in Europe engineered to help reduce operating costs in even the most congested streets
  • Two new, pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicles. One of the two new hybrid police vehicles will be built in Chicago, and both will be upfitted with their police gear at Ford’s dedicated police vehicle modification center in Chicago
  • In addition, Ford announces that its global utility lineup will be the company’s first hybrids powered by EcoBoost® rather than naturally aspirated engines, furthering improving performance and fuel economy.

The company also plans to be as aggressive in developing global electrified vehicles services and solutions. These include EV fleet management, route planning and telematics solutions.

Building the Future

To support the new era of vehicles, Ford is adding 700 direct new U.S. jobs and investing $700 million during the next four years, creating the new Manufacturing Innovation Center at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant. Employees there will build the all-new small utility vehicle with extended battery range as well as the fully autonomous vehicle for ride-hailing or ride-sharing – along with the iconic Mustang and Lincoln Continental.

“I am thrilled that we have been able to secure additional UAW-Ford jobs for American workers,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. “The men and women of Flat Rock Assembly have shown a great commitment to manufacturing quality products, and we look forward to their continued success with a new generation of high-tech vehicles.”

This incremental investment in Flat Rock Assembly Plant comes from $1.6 billion the company previously had planned to invest in a new plant in Mexico.

Ford today announced it is cancelling plans for the new plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. It also announced that, to improve company profitability and ensure the financial as well as commercial success of this vehicle, the next-generation Focus will be built at an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico. This will make way for two new iconic products at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, where Focus is manufactured today – safeguarding approximately 3,500 U.S. jobs.

Unique ElectrificationTechnology

Building on two decades of experience, Ford is applying lessons learned to deliver patented technology, software and services to appeal to truck customers, SUV owners, performance enthusiasts, high-volume commercial fleets and everyone in between.

“Ford’s global EV strategy is to build on our strengths,” said Raj Nair, executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer. “While some others seem to be focused on marketing claims and numbers, we’re focused on providing customers even more of what they love about their Ford vehicles. This means more capability for trucks, more productivity for commercial vehicles and more performance for sports cars – plus improved fuel economy.”

This year, Ford begins testing its new generation of EV technology. In Europe, Ford will put the Transit Custom plug-in hybrid on the road later this year, along with a new set of mobility services, telematics and connectivity solutions.

In addition, in New York and several major U.S. cities, Ford is testing a fleet of 20 Transit Connect hybrid taxi and van prototypes in some of the world’s most demanding traffic conditions.

These Transit Connects build on the success of the world’s first hybrid taxi – the Ford Escape Hybrid – which also was the world’s first hybrid SUV and the first North American-built hybrid. Many Escape Hybrid taxis are still on the road, moving passengers for more than 350,000 miles each and still using their original batteries.

Today, Ford is America’s top-selling plug-in hybrid brand and second in overall U.S. electrified vehicle sales.

New Services

Applying approximately two decades of leadership in EVs and commercial vehicles, Ford also is working on a suite of services to make EVs even easier to live with.

“Innovative services can be as important to customers as the electrified vehicles themselves,” said Hau Thai-Tang, group vice president of Purchasing and Ford’s EV champion. “We are investing in solutions to help private customers as well as commercial fleet owners seamlessly incorporate these new vehicles and technologies into their lives.”

Ford already has a memorandum of understanding with several other automakers in Europe to create an ultra-fast charging network projected to be significantly faster than the most powerful charging system deployed today. An initial target of about 400 sites in Europe is planned. By 2020, consumers should have access to thousands of high-powered charging points.

Ford also is piloting wireless technology on company EVs in the U.S. and Europe that make recharging as easy as pulling into a parking spot so drivers never forget to recharge. Wireless recharging extends electric-only range for short distance commuters, even during quick stops. FordPass® also can help consumers reserve charging times.

Understanding customers

Ford has been extensively studying how past and current EV owners use their vehicles. The company has sold more than 520,000 electrified vehicles in North America since 2005 and 560,000 globally.

In studying 33,000 Ford EV owners that have made 58 million unique trips, Ford has learned:

88 percent of customers’ habitual daily driving distance is 60 miles or less. For plug-in hybrids, the average refueling distance is 680 miles, making gas station trips rare
Customers want as much electric range as possible, but range anxiety drops over time as they become more comfortable and familiar with the technology
80 percent of Ford EV customers charge once a day; 60 percent during evenings
Ford EV customers collectively have plugged in their vehicles a total of 9.4 million nights
An overwhelming majority of Ford EV owners expect to replace their current EV with a new one, additional Ford research shows. Specifically:

92 percent of battery electric car customers say they will purchase another battery electric vehicle as their next purchase
87 percent of plug-in hybrid customers want another plug-in for their next vehicle

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69 responses to "Ford To Launch 300-Mile Pure Electric SUV By 2020, PHEV Transit Custom Van In 2019, Hybrid F-150 & Mustang In 2020"

  1. William says:

    no Plug, no Sale! Keep your Hybrid F 150.

    1. Kdawg says:

      I hope they decide to put a plug in the F150, and also allow it to export power like the VIA Trux.

      1. lewl says:

        No plug, but it already exports power.

        “The F-150 Hybrid, built at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant, will offer powerful towing and payload capacity and operate as a mobile generator”

        1. Kdawg says:

          Nice catch. They almost had it.

    2. John says:

      The “No Plug No Sale” mantra really annoys me.

      This is a step in the right direction. A hybrid F-150 is better than nothing. Current battery tech CAN NOT replace a V8 (or even a V6) in a work truck. In KS, there are still a lot of people who rely on their trucks for their jobs, fleet sales are HUGE. They will appreciate the reduction in their fuel bills and maintenance while still getting the job done.

      Until the day we see a F-150 with enough capacity and power to make it through a grueling 12-hour work day pulling a 7,500 pound trailer, then hybrids will just have to do. Perhaps the Tesla Pickup will be a game changer, but I seriously doubt we’ll see it on the roads before 2020. We’ve got to start somewhere, and kudos to Ford for starting.

      Get Over It.

      1. Brian says:

        You almost have a point. Except that a PHEV VIA-like F150 would absolutely be able to handle the toughest work day. I agree that batteries are not ready to replace trucks with BEVs. But PHEVs? That’s where the technology would really shine. And Ford’s Energi PHEV system is a great start (IMO, second only to Voltec). They just need a bigger battery (and better packaging of course). I refuse to believe that Ford couldn’t scale up the Energi to provide the equivalent power of a V8. As it is, mine provides over 200HP in my little CMax with a 4-banger. Pair a V6 with a beefier electric motor, and it should be able to out perform a straight V8.

        1. Just_Chris says:

          power?? the original and arguably still the best selling hybrid by market share is the Diesel electric locomotive. Power is not an issue with an electric drive train the weight of the battery is. That is most likely why they are going down the hybrid rather than PHEV path. There are basically 2 choices open for a PHEV truck. A small and somewhat pointless battery but essentially a “normal” truck or a large battery that gives a lot of power and EV range but reduces the payload capacity of the truck. If you are carrying 300-500 kg of batteries that is 300-500 kg that you can’t put in the back.

          1. Bill Howland says:

            Well, you don’t need that much weight in batteries #1, and #2, they can be put in between the Frame Rails as Via does it.

            There is also a slight weight reduction by replacing a BIG v-8 with a small v-6, or a small v-8 with a 4 cylinder engine, as well as a somewhat smaller gas tank due to the better gas mileage.

            Even 40 miles per day AER will provide SUBSTANTIAL fuel savings plus GREATLY DELAYED OVERHAULS of these vehicles.

            No additional charging infrastructure is needed, since they merely charge off peak back at the company garage at say, 3kw per vehicle. Since they charge ‘off-peak’, the electric ‘fuel’ cost for this first 40 miles per day is almost ‘nil. The serving utility also benefits as this helps smooth out their demand load curve, and prevents steam plant damage by ensuring the facilities are not TOO lightly loaded.

            Green Eye-shaded accountants will pay quite a premium to get all these advantages, since over the vehicle’s life-cycle, the cost is less with intelligently used PHEV’s than a plain old ICE.

            Most of these models will have either have 60 hz tap offs off the truck’s drive inverter, or else a small 5 kw inverter to run small saws, compressors, or lathes, or small welders on the ‘bed’ of the truck. So for vehicles whose round trip is only on avg 30 miles per day, if 10 miles of juice is used in performing incidental work at the job site where the alternative would be carrying around an additional gasoline-powered generator, then this is an additional almost ‘free’ savings.

            1. Just_Chris says:

              All good points but if every other pickup in the market can have 3000 kg in the back and the PHEV can “only” have 2700 kg it could affect the sales. 300kg is the total weight difference of most proper PHEV’s compared to regular ICEs (i.e. the volt is 350 kg heavier than the Cruze, the difference is similar for the Outlander). Obviously this isn’t all batteries.

              I have to admit if it was my personal choice I would go with the PHEV option as the advantages, in my opinion, far exceed the down side of a little extra weight. The other good point, made by Lad below, is that the F-150 is only a “small” truck so I guess they could make it heavier and still leave it within the same vehicle license class which makes the weight argument pretty weak as they could just make the vehicle heavier and still allow it to carry the same load.

              All of this means that I think I am coming around to the same thinking as the rest of the thread, that a straight hybrid in 2020 is a bit weak. I don’t know if there are any obscure laws that relate to weight in the US that might make Ford keen to not go down the PHEV path. If there aren’t then it appears that there is little to be gained from not making it a PHEV.

              1. Bill Howland says:

                The small differences can be ameliorated by putting bigger tires, springs and shocks on the PHEV model.
                But no matter – if a company likes the features I mentioned and they can truly visualize the cost savings, then they will buy them ANYWAY. Not every application requires a 3000 kg payload either.

                1. John says:

                  The larger problem is cost. For now.

                  A Cruze costs $17k. A Volt costs $35k. Basically double.

                  If a base Silverado worktruck costs around $25k, would companies be willing to pay double for it? For slightly reduced performance? Doubtful.

                  1. Bill Howland says:

                    They’ll do a more sophisticated analysis than that.

      2. fotomoto says:

        “This is a step in the right direction. A hybrid F-150 is better than nothing. ”

        Oh it’s WAY better than nothing. A modest boost of 5-6 mpg in a fleet of work trucks will save more fuel (and emissions) than a ton of hybrid cars replacing 25-30mpg regular ICE cars.

        Look how much fuel is save by improving a vehicle from 10-20mpg vs 20-30mpg: http://blog.ucsusa.org/jim-kliesch/fuel-economy-parlor-games

      3. georgeS says:

        John,

        I agree but it is just a lot of foot dragging on Ford’s part. 2020??? Why does it take so long. GM developed a very nice hybrid truck a long time ago. This isn’t some new mysterious technology.

        and before everyone starts to say bad things about GM’s 2 mode truck just let me say the engineering part of the truck is a masterpiece. It was GM marketing that bungled the whole thing.

        The 2 mode architecture is used in the new Volt and I suspect it is in the new Chrysler mini Van plug in. Chrysler was part of the original 2 mode effort.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Hybrid_Cooperation

    3. jimijonjack&jill says:

      keep your Mustang Tooo , Keep ’em all !

  2. Yogurt says:

    Hybrids today seem like a waste of effort and time…

    1. ozz says:

      PHEV’s a “waste of time”?? I beg to differ. What of our current battery costs and packaging issues? Even the Chevy Bolt (which I love and getting) has a range of 238 and an inability to stray too far out of town without planning. When you can take a Bolt on a vacation without any such planning, then I will agree with you that hybrids are a waste of time. Until such time, let’s agree that most (not all) americans demand a vehicle they can use without fear. If a Bolt suddenly had 500 miles range.. then again, I think we’d have something. If I can drive 300-400 miles, have a slight cushion and can charge in under 30 minutes.. then we’re talking!!

      1. WadeTyhon says:

        I don’t think he was saying PHEVs are a waste of time.

        He was talking traditional hybrids like the F150 and Mustang will be.

        1. Yogurt says:

          My thoughts exactly thanks for clarifying…

        2. SJC says:

          HEVs are a good use of batteries, you can build 100 HEVs to one EV and each gets 40% better mileage.

  3. bro1999 says:

    300 mile BEV SUV!

    That’s sorta exciting, right? Even though it’s coming from Ford…

    1. Rich says:

      Agreed, a 300 mile range, all electric, small SUV is very exciting. If Ford delivers, they deserve props. It generates hope to see a truck company like Ford promising a broad market electric vehicle.

  4. VazzedUp says:

    Dang “A Transit Custom plug-in hybrid available in 2019 in Europe”. Perfect for camper conversion, but only for Europe, whatever Ford.

  5. pugman says:

    Funny timing.. I too am introducing my 450mile BEV SUV. Get ready for delivery in 2020!

    /s

  6. leafowner says:

    All of this is good news…..jump on the bandwagon now or be left behind……Honda, where R U?

    1. William says:

      The Helpful SoCal Honda Dealers are out in the EV Desert. Good thing they were at my local market passing out Tissues this week. “Nose issues? Have some tissues.” Oh, and also a free Gas card that you have to go online to register to find out where they will be next. Oh well, No Electrons, I’ll pass on your Free Gas! Remember it’s their “job to be helpful”.

  7. here come tesla zealots says:

    It is not true, they are just faking some prototypes, they will never do it for real, it just for compliance, they will make electric cars as ugly as possible, and they will destroy all electric cars afterwards in conspiracy with evin Big Oil and their autodealer shills!

    All this is just a conspiracy to destroy the only true EV maker Tesla and Holly Prophet and World Savor Elon! Buying non Tesla EV is evil and they must be trashed at all costs!

    1. Trollnonymous says:

      Well, considering Ford is part of the “Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers” trying to stop EPA/Carb movements to better our air quality, you have a point…..lol

      http://www.autoalliance.org/members

      Yeah, I know you were just trolling but you probably had no clue Ford was one of the members funding the alliance.

    2. floydboy says:

      You know, you’re not very good at this.You’re not an American right-winger are you?

    3. floydboy says:

      Neither Holly Prophet nor World Savor have any idea who you are(DL?)!

    4. Yogurt says:

      +1 for sounding like ten different posters here rolled into one…
      If they didnt make it yesterday they will never make it…
      How dare they make a concept vehicle as an EV that just shows they will never make there vapor ware EVs…

    5. William says:

      That is Saint Elon to you, and your Wholey Profit and your Whirled Saveyour-breath!

  8. 2013VOLT says:

    If Ford would build a plug in hybrid F150 that has the EV capabilities my Volt has I would buy it in a heartbeat. I could replace my F150 which is barely used and my daily driver Volt with one vehicle. Ford, please build this vehicle.

    1. William says:

      Right behind you and your heart beat, in the same line. Also wondering why Chrysler Pacifica PHEV, and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV can bring a larger full scale vehicle like your Volt, but there are no F-150 PHEV offerings in the works, even years out. I hope Tesla brings exponential scale to Giga battery manufacturing and Buries Ford and its ICE F-150 Truck, hybrid or not! Even Via Motors gets it, with the GM Truck.

    2. Daniel says:

      My thought’s “exactly” If as you say I could have enough range for a nearly all EV mode commute with the versatility of a range extender in an F-150 (such as my current Volt) then I could essentially replace my Volt and my 1/4 ton pickup with a single PHEV F150. Bring it on!! I say..

  9. Bob says:

    All of it is because the have to. Still an all ICE shop.
    Hybrid Transit – Soon required for some inner cities in europe
    Hybrid F-150 – Required to keep the average MPG down
    Hybrid Mustang – Required to compeed in that segment soon, and lovering average MPG
    BEV – Required to meet future/feared laws in compliance states.

    Sorry not impressed yet

    1. John Hansen says:

      Keep in mind that Ford is actually already among the top several auto makers for plugins. The Energi twins outsell most other brands. They’re somewhere between #3 and #5 in terms of 2016 plug-in sales (after Tesla, GM, and possibly Nissan and BMW). It’s worth giving some credit where due.

  10. Texas FFE says:

    The 2017 FFE was supposed to have started production several months ago but not one has been offered for sale yet. If Ford expects to have a BEV SUV available by 2020 then they to have a prototype NOW. If I can go down to the Chevy dealership and buy a new Bolt I’m not waiting until who knows when for Ford to come out with something comparable.

    That being said, Ford could come out with a BEV SUV prototype at the CES or Detroit Auto Show. If the Ford BEV SUV prototype is compelling enough (AWD, trailering capacity, stop-n-go adaptive cruise control, Lane centering, etc.) I might be compelled to wait a few years or at least lease. But if all Ford wants to do is compete with the Bolt, I’m not waiting.

    1. Texas FFE says:

      I disagree that Ford is planning on going deeper into electric vehicles because of CARB requirements. I think the Bolt is scaring the pants off of Ford and this is their catch up plan. It’s possible that the Bolt will be outselling the Fusion Energi and the C-Max Energi combined in a few months.

      If Bolt sales really take off then Ford has no choice but to provide a similar offering. If Bolt sales tank then Ford can go back to business as usual and drop the EV plans. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Bolt sales will skyrocket and all the auto manufacturers will have to provide similar offerings to compete.

      1. Vinny says:

        But Ford basically gave up the small pick up market to Chevy’s Colorado. Ford might take the same approach to the Bolt. I would love a BEV Ranger but not going to hold my breath. And a F-150 is just way to big for me.

        1. John says:

          The ranger is coming back….hopefully it will come back with some sort of electrified power train!

  11. CLIVE says:

    I’d like to see Mark drive one.

    Yeah I will believe it when I see it.

    Compliance and competition is a MF.

  12. WadeTyhon says:

    I don’t see the appeal of a hybrid Mustang. Electric Mustang would be better.

    I’m pretty sure most people associate regular “hybrids” as being “slower” than their non-hybrid counterparts. Very few mustang drivers will want to pay more to get a slower car. But maybe they can find a way to get significant MPG savings without sacrificing what Mustang drivers want.

    A pure electric SUV is great, (although they will be late to the long range party). But they should also be working on a pure electric mustang as their highest end model. 🙂

  13. Bloggin says:

    Then there was this…

    “Ford also is piloting wireless technology on company EVs in the U.S. and Europe that make recharging as easy as pulling into a parking spot so drivers never forget to recharge. Wireless recharging extends electric-only range for short distance commuters, even during quick stops. FordPass® also can help consumers reserve charging times.”

    Still offering no charge speed specifications. But think this is necessary for Lincoln to offer plug-in vehicles.

  14. Bloggin says:

    That 300+ mile (100 kWh) battery pack on wheels, like the Tesla P100D Pack, should offer Ford a platform for several other EVs, like the NG C-Max, Focus and Escape.

  15. PHEVfan says:

    There was a day when Ford was a leader in the electrification effort (2004 Escape, first SUV hybrid). It still doesn’t have a plug, and in fact has been discontinued for years.
    Since then? 1 EV and 2 PHEV’s. Clearly no longer a leader.
    Hybrid Pickup? Done in 2004 by Chevy and Dodge.
    Hybrid Sports Sedan? Many already available now (most are PHEV).
    PHEV van? available today from Chrystler.
    EV SUV? Tesla’s had one out for over a year now.

    Ford, Unless you put a plug into that F150, you’re too late.

  16. Bill Howland says:

    For me, I can’t believe that Trump actually scared Fields enough to cancel a $1.6B plant already in progress. The 700 jobs saved works out to many more families in support industries (and the local township) keeping their jobs… Well done!

    1. georgeS says:

      Hey Bill,
      I’m not a big Trump fan but I applaud his efforts on this front.

      1. Just_Chris says:

        The fun starts on the 20th of Jan. if Trump puts an import duty on foreign made cars it will really hit the fan…. or rather it will be thrown in every direction with some destined to stick in the most unusual of places. I am really intrigued to see what happens in the next 4 years, I can’t decide if it will be good, bad or ugly but cars, energy and oil are right on the front line for big shifts.

        1. Trollnonymous says:

          Everyone will scream that now the products cost more all without even knowing that the product could’ve been built here and not get Tarriff’d… is that a word? Prolly not.
          That’s all media will show.

          1. super390 says:

            Historically, abnormally high tariffs imposed by major powers lead to retaliation. Which leads to counter-retaliation. Which spreads to a wider variety of products. Eventually you will be affecting things that we lack the capability of making in the US at any reasonable price because they’re so modern that they were never made in the US at all.

            Our great-grandfathers went through all this before in the 1930s. But then, there’s a lot of things about the 1930s that the media doesn’t want to remind us of right now. And that works to the benefit of the rich, not the workers.

    2. speculawyer says:

      Yes, I don’t believe it either.

    3. Bloggin says:

      The plan change had NOTHING to do with donald, and more to do with the global auto market.

      The Focus, Focus ST and C-Max hybrid, C-Max Energi are still moving to Mexico. The projected $600+ million will just go to expand the Hermosillo plant, to be able to produce C-Segment vehicles along with the Fusion/MKZ where 100% of production was just moved there as of the 2017 model year.

      The additional dollars will go to Thailand to expand production there, where the next gen Fiesta will be produced and imported back to NA.

      Ford just scaled back on a new facility, but still will produce the same or more vehicles in Mexico where it makes business sense.

      The $700 million investment at Flat Rock was already scheduled 5 years ago that is separate than the Mexican plant project, as electrification of Mustang and possibly Continental, along with new EV was always to be produced at Flat Rock. Including the development of electrified platforms for the F-150 etc to be produced at another US, Canadian or Mexican plant.

      Think about it…if Ford actually took action based on what donald had to say, Ford would go bankrupt like donald’s other businesses have. As we know he runs his business on tax losses.

      With donald, it’s an odds game. He just complains about so much in so many directions, that the odds of something seems to so his way is certain. Then he takes credit. Like talking a multiple choice test and marking B straight down the line. You are bound to get a certain percentage right, when you know nothing about the subject matter.

      1. super390 says:

        I see. It’s a corporate shell game. Trump won’t call out Ford for importing Fiestas from Thailand because they can’t cost American jobs because he doesn’t believe Fiestas are real cars. But also, because Thailand doesn’t fit his narrative blaming Mexico and China for all White People problems. The corporations will sniff this out and start expanding production in India or even Russia.

  17. Just_Chris says:

    I am pretty disappointed by this. It sounds great but really it is just business as usual. Ford is big in the EU and they will need all of those 13 models to meet the emissions standards there. I wish one of the car companies would actually go big early and try and build an exclusive position, kind of like Toyota with hybrids. I’d love to see the laggards having to progressively heavily discount their fuel efficient models and, more importantly, start to stop selling the more inefficient but very profitable models. The way things are going at the moment the market will be full of PHEV-lites that will take years to grow decent sized batteries.

    I shouldn’t complain it is all progress.

  18. Nelson says:

    Guess the BEV Camaro is coming soon too. I’d like to see a Volt EV w/200+ range.

    NPNS! SBF!
    Volt#671

    1. Brian says:

      BEV Camaro, ey? That’s good for a laugh!

  19. speculawyer says:

    “our view that global offerings of electrified vehicles will exceed gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 15 years.”

    DAMN!

    I didn’t see that coming. Well, I guess they include conventional hybrids in their “electrified vehicles” but still.

  20. realistic says:

    Really looking forward to the hybrid Mustang, if they do it right (a la Acura NSX).

    I’m hoping for a 55th anniversary Mustang that’s not a 289 (the much-desired old Ford small-block V-8) but a 189: 3.1 litre V-6 w/ electrically boosted turbocharging, KERS with electric motors at the front wheels and peak power >400hp, 28mpg overall. Might actually buy one of these in my looming dotage.

  21. floydboy says:

    Look like it’s ON in 2020! Or not!

  22. Lad says:

    The F-150 is the “small” truck and would work just fine as a plugin hybrid; adding a charger ain’t no big deal and well worth the price. People who drive small work trucks and actually use them for work, buy them for the low-end torque. An electric motor and a small v6 or straight 4 ICE will provide that in spades plus improve mileage greatly…all win,win!

    I would like to see the Ford company make the F-150 fully electric; however, their approach is like all the legacy makers…a little at a time, an evolution approach, to make sure they can always meet what Wall Street demands for numbers with low risk. Me thinks Ford has delayed electrifying about as long as they can and still compete. Something people forget: A BEV is a simple vehicle to build, maintain and operate. The only complicated device in the whole shebang of devices is the battery(and it appears battery tech is catching up fast). All the rest are well-known and well-developed by now.

  23. q says:

    300 mile electric range on an SUV is the real story here imo (if they can pull it off)

    keep pushing single-charge range up; when we get to ~450 miles charge, ultra charge times won’t even matter anymore b/c production chademo/ccs will be enough to overnight you a day’s worth of mileage

    1. PHEVfan says:

      Tesla Model X is likely to pass the 300 mile marker long before 2020, at which point Ford will still be playing catch-up with their new BEV SUV.

  24. EV_Drive says:

    Sure Ford Whatever. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    In 2011, Ford promised their focus EV would be upgraded to allow DC fast charging as soon as the SAE CCS DC standard was finalized and Ford again promised to introduce a SAE DC CCS capable car in 2012 as part of the Coalition of the CCS willing. ~5 years later, you still can’t buy a Ford Focus with a DC fast charging.

    Sad Lies and the Liars who tell them.

    Don’t get me wrong, I want Ford to be a EV leader, they’re just an EV liar in my book as of right now and on par with Toyota at the back of the pack. Even VW has a DC fastcharging capable Golf for sale and I thought they would be in last place.

    1. PHEVfan says:

      Your wait is over (after a painful 5 years). Ford just announced the 2017 Focus EV is now available with DCFC/CCS.

  25. Phr≡d says:

    “deliver V8 power and even more low-end torque”

    ayep, gotta love dearborn boardrooms, pretty sure they think that this is news..

  26. Spider-Dan says:

    I’m not surprised to hear about this Ford BEV SUV.

    I recently got an EV survey referencing my Volt purchase in 2016. The survey was all about a hypothetical BEV SUV (“Subaru Forester size”) and how much I would be for various options like AWD, 225 vs 300 miles, performance, adaptive cruise, auto-park, moonroof, etc. However, one of the options that stood out to me was a keypad for keyless entry (with “1-2, 3-4, 5-6” buttons), which I’ve only really seen on Ford products.

    The base price was $37500, but after adding 300 mile upgrade, AWD+performance package, heated seats, etc. (but not fully loaded) I was sitting at $53k before federal rebate.

  27. PHEVfan says:

    Here’s the one that got my attention:
    “* In addition, Ford announces that its global utility lineup will be the company’s first hybrids powered by EcoBoost® rather than naturally aspirated engines, furthering improving performance and fuel economy.”
    The Atkinson cycle engines they’ve been using are such sluggards. I’ve been waiting for Ford to start putting turbo engines into the hybrid lineup like Audi/VW.