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.