Ford To Sell Plug-In Hybrids In Europe?
As Volkswagen is expanding its plug-in car portfolio to Golf and Passat, Ford Motor is reportedly “actively considering” a plug-in hybrid for Europe.
Ford offers Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi models in the U.S. In Europe, the new Mondeo could be the first Ford model to get a plug-in hybrid version.
Everything depends on demand for plug-ins.
Uli Koesters, Ford’s vehicle line director for large cars in Europe stated:
“I believe the plug-in take-up in Europe is not quite as ready as some people would like to think, but it is clearly a technology that can do a lot better at significantly reducing fuel consumption and that is why we are actively looking at it.”
According to JATO Dynamics data, the three best selling plug-in hybrids in Europe through the first half of this year are:
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – 8,953
- Toyota Prius PHEV – 4,265
- Volvo V60 PHEV – 3,233
Source: Automotive News