New Ford Energi Trademarks Hint At Future Electrified Focus, Explorer, Transit, Kuga
Ford appears set to expand its Energi lineup with the future introduction of electrified variants of the Explorer, Transit and Kuga.
And a Ford Focus Energi too.
That’s according to Autocar and our own scouring of trademark filings. The publication sites a recent trademark filing from Ford.
“The Ford Kuga, Explorer and Transit will receive electrified variants badged as Energi in 2020, according to a recent trademark filing.”
Ford’s electrification push has lagged behind most automakers, so it comes as welcoming news to find out the automaker is planning additional plug-in vehicles within the next few years. However, simply electrifying existing models usually results in rather subpar plug-ins, but it’s a step in the right direction.
The new Energi trademarks apparently have a European origin. We can rule out the Kuga being sold in the U.S. (but its close cousin the Escape should be available as an Energi offering). It seems likely a plug-in hybrid Transit will appear in U.S. showrooms at some point in time. And we almost know for certain that a PHEV Explorer will be sold in the U.S. It’s a natural fit for buyers here who love SUVs and seek at least some degree of fuel efficiency.
Some digging on our behalf uncovered a trademark mention of a Ford Focus Energi too. This would be a plug-in hybrid and not pure electric as the Energi naming convention for Ford only is applied to its PHEVs.
So, the upcoming Energi rundown from recent trademark filings is as follows:
- Ford Focus Energi
- Ford Explorer Energi
- Ford Transit Energi
- Ford Kuga Energi
The PHEV Transit has already been confirmed for sale in Europe in 2019.