In a game-changing move, Ford has revealed that it will soon produce its first ever all-electric CUV that will be built to be electric from the ground up, and it will be rolled out in 2020.
The American automaker is planning to roll out its first ever autonomous car by the year 2021, a vehicle that will be utilized for car sharing services purposes only. But before releasing the said vehicle, the Blue oval is planning to send off its pioneer all-electric, long range unit, and this will be made available to the public.
During the 2017 Consumer Electric Show in January of this year, Ford CEO Mark Field revealed a bunch of exciting news that includes a whole lot of models that will be fitted with an electric drivetrain option, the Mustang and F-150. Both of these vehicles will hopefully be made with a plug-in hybrid alternative. But the most attention-catching bit is the plan for a fully electric Compact Utility Vehicle that will run at least 300 miles.
Details are scarce but recently, Ford chief tech officer, Raj Nair, announced that the car will indeed bear an economical price tag. Nair opened to Yahoo Finance that their plan is for it to be an inexpensive option, more of a mainstream model. He further added that they have to make sure that they will provide the affordability targets to obtain electrification volumes where they would all like them to be, or otherwise the vehicle will be considered as a niche unit or pure luxury item.
Previously, Ford announced that the pure electric crossover will boast a range of 300 miles (483 km), but now they are intending to go over that number. The chief tech officer further said that they have a tech path that will land them a 300 plus mileage and a cost-effective crossover utility vehicle that will go head to head with its rivals.
Moreover, the American automaker is open to all sorts of competition in the electric vehicle tier. Nair firmly believes that more rivals in the automotive business would aid it to develop faster. He added that they openly welcome any competition, and that the economics of battery-electric automobiles is aided by scale. He explained that with higher levels of infiltration, automakers in the segment will be further propelled by the economies of scale.
In the small SUV space/crossover segment, Elon Musk-led company Tesla will also send one of their rollouts in the segment at the same time- namely the Tesla Model Y. Meanwhile, the crossover utility vehicle will enter production at Ford's Flat Rock plant in the year 2020, and the CUV will be released in North America, Europe and Asia.