13 New Electric Vehicles Planned For The Next Five Years At Ford
Published January 24, 2017
Hybrids and fully electric vehicles are becoming more common with an increasing number of companies looking to make their mark. Ford already has the Fusion and Focus Hybrids on the go but has 13 more models developing for the next 5 years. Their plan also includes developing supporting technology to make the transition easier.
We’ve already heard about the hybrid versions of the F150 and Mustang that have been announced. Beyond those, Ford has $4.5 billion tied up in the creation of new vehicles and tech. President and CEO, Mark Fields, has gone on record in saying that EVs are likely to overtake IC models in the next 15 years.
A New CUV and an Expansion For Flat Rock Plant
First among these is an entry into the crossover market with a CUV that is said to have a 300 mile range. While it’s not set to launch until 2020, it will have a wide distribution in North America, Asia, and Europe. The creation of the CUV is the driving force behind a $700,000 expansion to the Flat Rock plant in Michigan. This plant will also be the base of operations for autonomous vehicle ride hailing thanks to new state laws.
Two New Police Hybrids in Development
Meanwhile, there are two hybrid vehicles being developed for law enforcement across the country. These are rated for pursuits but because of their nature, details for the general public are scarce. So far, Ford has let slip that one of these vehicles will be assembled in their Chicago Assembly Plant.
Multiple Major Cities To See Hybrid Taxis
In nearby New York, a small fleet of hybrid taxis are set to begin testing to reduce large city emissions. While there are only 20 models in this trial run, there will be other major cities included. There is also some speculation as to whether autonomous tech will be tested in these as well.
European Exclusive Plug In Hybrid
2017 is set to be an exciting year in the European market for those who are eco conscious. This region will see the testing of a new plug in hybrid version of the Transit Custom. After an almost two year long trial period, these are scheduled to start sales in 2019.
Six More Undisclosed Models By 2022
Beyond those that we already have information about, there are six more models in development. Ford has been tight lipped about these since they are part of the five year, $4.5 billion plan. The combined front of the 13 planned vehicles are set to add a significant amount of choice to the company’s offerings.
What do you think of Ford’s efforts to bring more eco friendly vehicles to different markets? Are they headed in the right direction by funding both hybrid and fully electric vehicles at the same time? Let us know what you think of the future of Ford’s EV and Hybrid vehicle lineup from what we know so far.