Ford To Electrify F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Other SUVs

MAY 1 2018 BY MARK KANE 30

In the first quarter of 2018, Ford increased revenues by 7% to $42.0 billion and net income by 9% to $1.7 billion.

Financials aren’t a topic we cover here all that often though, so we’ll leave the numbers at that and move onto something way more exciting.

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In looking over Ford’s Q1 2018 report, we found some very interesting information.

The quarterly report includes hint of upcoming electrification of several high-volume Ford models: F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Escape (Kuga in Europe) and Bronco.

Hybrid powertrains are in that mix, but we fully expect plug-in hybrid setups both for the pick-ups and SUVs. So, in other words, look for a future PHEV F-150, Explorer, Escape and Bronco.

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Why do we expect to see plug-in hybrids? Well. with Ford’s recent decision to axe almost all of its cars from its lineup, overall fleet fuel efficiency will have to rise for these larger vehicles. That’s most easily accomplished by going the plug-in hybrid route.

Additionally, Ford says it will offer 16 all-electric models by 2022.

Making a full commitment to new propulsion choices, including adding hybrid-electric powertrains to high-volume, profitable vehicles like the F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Escape and Bronco. The company’s battery electric vehicle rollout starts in 2020 with a performance utility, and it will bring 16 battery-electric vehicles to market by 2022.”

Source: Ford Motor Company 1Q April 25, 2018

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30 Comments on "Ford To Electrify F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Other SUVs"

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Whoever builds a great BEV pickup first wins.

Which is why it is so surprising that GM has thus far SQUANDERED their opportunities to put their class-leading Voltec into their SUVs/CUVS and trucks when they could have set themselves up for sheer dominance here!

I wish they’d just ban these disgusting huge tubs from the roads.
I’d laugh at Ford so hard… It would serve them right for producing all these horrid SUVs and pickups.

Or if Gas Hits $5 a Gallon !

I do not personally care for these large vehicles either. Not because they are gas guzzlers just because I don’t find trucks and SUVs to be attractive and they are difficult for me to drive and park. Oh, top it off, they block my view in many cases. The irony is that so many people buy these vehicles so that they can see better, but they wouldn’t need to if everyone else weren’t driving one as well.

That being said, the manufacturers are simply building the types of vehicles that consumers are demanding. And the unfortunate truth is, this is what most Americans seem to want. There is no way on earth you’d ever get a consensus to ban such vehicles being how popular they are.

If we required a commercial license for pickups it would be more honest.

Great point. Some of the new pickups on the road are enormous. I live on a narrow street and you can’t drive with them on the road, have to pull over and wait.

I understand people that need SUVs or trucks owning them (work, bad weather, need to go off road, large family). But I live in San Diego. 0 bad weather, very little blue collar work, too expensive for large families, swear to God 50% Toyota Tacomas/lifted F150s and 25% other similarly unneeded large vehicles.

They’ll never be banned. The real question is what can be done to encourage smaller vehicles. The answers are well understood, though maybe not in the USA.

1. More expensive fuel. If we want to cut down on carbon emissions, tax carbon. People will choose smaller vehicles.

2. Narrower roads. Our roads here are huge and wide. Want people to drive smaller cars like in Europe?
Then make road standards a bit narrower so that consumers are more comfortable driving narrower cars. I could go on and on about this one. Wide road standards (including parking lanes, etc.) are just horrible for towns and cities. It’s the opposite of traffic calming, causes light signals to be longer than otherwise necessary to get peds across crazy wide roads, and doesn’t feel as good when walking around. This is one reason why old cities just feel better. They’re designed around a human scale, not to the scale of a F150.

I’m not even into tiny vehicles, I just think a landscape designed for the biggest vehicles on the road is bad design.

Those politicians would get voted out and people will replace them with representatives that will repeal the carbon tax. Plus theres laws in the books that for tax to be made into law in California and some states it got to go in front of voters

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

That is not what happened with the new taxes the CA sh1tbrain politicians imposed on gas. The people didn’t vote on it, the sh1tbrain politicians did. Many were bribed to vote on it by earmarking some of the funds for their pet projects.
Crooked a$$holes.

We don’t call it Commiefornia for fun.

Agree but sadly will never happen…
They are a danger to everyone who wants to drive a normal sized vehicle when they weigh 2000 to 3000 pounds more than a small car and in a small car you cant even see where you are driving just the back of the death star…
But what really annoys me is that most people who drive trucks dont even know what a truck is for and SUVs what a joke…

Ford: How about an electric Ranger?

I had plans to purchase the 1999 model Ranger EV, but it was never offered locally… despite the fact that Ranger was built here in Minnesota.

I’m waiting for a plug in hybrid F150 to replace our current 2015 EcoBoost and join our XC90 T8!


Expecting the first of these to arrive in 2022, keep dragging your feet Ford.

I hope I don’t become too old to drive or do manual labor before a major OEM actually sells a semi-affordable PHEV pickup…

Right? I told my wife I was waiting for a PHEV pickup with decent range to replace my ’99 Dodge Ram. She said “Do you think it will last that long?”

BEV Mustang convertible for me, please!

I hope that you are not planning on doing away with the fuel combustion engine as you electrify all of your models, because if that is your plan you will loose a lot of your life time customers like me. Technology does not exist yet for the electric motor to replace the gas engine with all of it’s convienyences and power.I have been buying and driving only Ford’s for 44 years.I currently have 3 of them. I have a 68 Torino ,an 86 F250, and a 17 Explorer.I am a Blue oval guy. Don’t destroy this company.!!!!!!!!!!

Based on your comment Barry, you probably won’t allow yourself to see the convenience of not having to go 50 times a year to the pump and enter your zip code, answer no I don’t want a car wash or slurpy with that, but you would not be able to deny the torque that an electric motor brings to the game. If you keep up with the regular maintenance of your ICEs you will be able to drive them for a long time. Your children, on the other hand, will be thrilled to drive without oil changes, timing belts, spark plugs, muffler maintenance, and the 50 stops per year at the pump. For the long trips, we do require more fuel time longer than the ICE. When I drive 276 miles to see my daughter, I have to stop for a 15 minute top up along the five-hour commute. Then again at 57, I need the 15-minute pee break in the 276 miles. The rest of my life is free from inconveniences of the ICE. It’s alright, your children will get it.

How about the inconveniences of BEVs? Face it, there are drawbacks with any form of transportation.

Blue oval will die like everyone if they dont change

Sorry Barry. Have you driven a BEV? Clean, fast, torque for miles. Once you switch you will find ICE cars noisey, dirty, and expensive to maintain. I was a ICE car nut for years I currently own a Ford 250 Power stroke PU and also a Ford focus Electric and a Tesla Model S 60D. I would love an electric alternative PU to round out my other two electric vehicles. Inconvenient? Ugh – plug in at home while you sleep – never go to a gas station, never change the oil, never overheat in the desert and blow a hose.
Test drive a Tesla or even a new Ford Focus Electric – then get back to us..Once you cross over, you will wonder why you waited.

Electrify just means making them into hybrids that may not even have a plug.

GM already tried and failed with big pickup/SUV hybrids,.. back when gas prices were high,… and failed. What does Ford know now that GM didn’t know then?

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

GM put their brilliant minds together to Frankenstein a hybrid crap system called BAS or eAssist. Both mild hybrid POS.

In 2008 or 2009, full hybrid.

I was considering the fussion sport even though it do not have the manual transmision ,but the accord is now in my consideration. I was sticking by Ford,but this might be the breaking point if no seadan is available.