Ford will launch electric-hybrid versions of its popular F-150 pickup trucks and Mustang sports cars by 2020, as well as 11 other electric vehicles (EVs) including a 480-km-range battery-driven SUV, the automaker said January 3.
The Dearborn, Michigan-based company revealed details about seven of the 13 new electrified vehicles it plans to launch in the next five years, and doubled down on its commitment to build a no-steering-wheel autonomous vehicle in its Flat Rock, Michigan plant by 2021, for use by ride-sharing companies.
That plant will also see a $700 million expansion add 700 jobs to its workforce, to equip it to build these high-tech autonomous and electric vehicles as well as the Mustang and Lincoln Continental.
The hybrid Mustang will offer “V8 power and even more low-end torque,” Ford’s press release explained, and its F-150 Hybrid will be able to “operate as a mobile generator.” Both vehicles will go on sale in North America in 2020.
The release also detailed plans for an “all-new fully electric small SUV […] engineered to deliver an estimated range of at least 300 miles [480 km]” and due out 2020; and a hybrid no-steering-wheel autonomous vehicle, due 2021, designed for ride-sharing. Both vehicles will be built in Flat Rock.
A plug-in version of Ford’s Transit cargo van will hit Europe in 2019; and two new hybrid-electric police-spec vehicles are in the works, too, one of which will be built in Chicago.
Aside from the vehicles themselves, Ford’s announcement today also underscored its commitment to wireless electric vehicle charging “that makes recharging an electric vehicle as easy as pulling into a parking spot.” The company may begin testing this sort of charging as early as this year, in the U.S. and Europe.