Most automakers are looking into electrifying their current models; that is, if they have not done so yet. But some manufacturers like Ford have offerings that are being overlooked, until recently. This is because the company finally announced that they will come out with at least four new hybrid vehicles by 2019, Ford reveled when asked by Automotive News. For the first time, they will be electrifying future crossovers and SUVs, unlike before where they just focused on hybrid sedans.
To be more specific, the company said that they will be developing a plug-in hybrid version of the Escape, and a hybrid version of the Expedition. Their upscale line Lincoln will also be following the eco-friendly trend with hybrid versions of the MKC and the Navigator - where the Expedition and Lincoln are scheduled for a 2019 release.
But that’s not all they have in mind as these hybrid SUVs will then be followed by a hybrid Mustang as well as the new F-150. We do not know which models will be released first, but we do know that all six models should be launched in the market by 2020. According to Automotive News, Ford invested around $4.5 billion to bring in 13 EVs and hybrids to the market.
Also, the company has already hinted that there will be a plug-in version of the Transit, as well as the Police Responder. Aside from those, the company also mentioned an electric crossover with a range of 300 miles.
Ford’s new CEO, Jim Hackett, will handle the automaker’s future product strategy and plans to provide investors with updates regarding the future of the company in October. An analyst said that he expects Hackett to go “all in” on EVs. True enough, the company did say that they see hybrid and electric cars as being an important part of the automotive industry going forward. Along with these are autonomous car and ride sharing services.
Did you think that Ford was going to stop electrifying their vehicles after the Ford Focus and the Fusion? Of course not. The more options they offer to the market, the happier customers will be, and the better it is for the company. It is therefore a win-win situation. So do not be surprised if Ford actually surprises us with more than six electrified vehicles. We’re as pleased as everyone else that Ford is beginning to truly commit itself to fuel-efficient cars, SUVs and crossovers.