Ford has good news to customers and potential clients avidly waiting for the hybrid versions of the Ford Mustang and Ford F-150 – they will be coming in the next few years. The Mustang hybrid and the F-150 hybrid are just two of the 13 electrified vehicles that Ford is planning to add to its global lineup.
Seven of these 13 electrified offerings will be launched by the American carmaker in the next five years, including the hybrid versions of the Mustang and the F-150. Ford is planning to introduce the hybrid variant of the F-150 pickup by the end of the decade in North America and the Middle East. Just like the conventional F-150, the hybrid version would offer outstanding towing and payload capacity. If needed, the F-150 hybrid could serve as a mobile generator.
Meanwhile, the hybrid version of the Mustang muscle car will utilize a V8 engine complementing electric motors. Thanks to this setup, the Mustang could offer low-end torque. Ford will build the Mustang Hybrid at its Flat Rock Plant and will launch it in 2020 in North America.
Before launching the hybrid versions of the Mustang and the F-150, Ford will first introduce a plug-in hybrid variant of the Transit Custom in 2019 in Europe. Then in 2020, the American carmaker will offer a fully electric small SUV that could achieve a distance of at least 300 miles on a single charge. Scheduled to be assembled at Ford’s Flat Rock assembly plant, this all-electric SUV will be marketed in North America, Europe and Asia. By 2021, the North American public would be able to see Ford’s high-volume autonomous hybrid vehicle. Designed to cater to commercial ride hailing or ride sharing, this hybridized autonomous vehicle will be produced at Ford’s Flat Rock facility.
Completing this lineup of seven electrified vehicles are two pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicles, both to be installed with police gear at the carmaker’s dedicated police vehicle modification center in Chicago, Illinois. Ford will build one of these police vehicles in Chicago.
All of Ford’s global utility offerings will be the first hybrids that will employ EcoBoost engines instead of naturally aspirated powerplants.
In line with these electrification plans, Ford is planning to invest around $700 million in the next four years to further expand its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan and transform it into a facility that would manufacture autonomous vehicles (for ride-hailing or ride-sharing) and all-new small utility vehicles with an extended battery range -- along with Lincoln Continental and the Ford Mustang. In particular, the expansion will create the new Manufacturing Innovation Center at the plant, resulting to the creation of around 700 new jobs.