Ford Mache E on the streets
While the majority of the world passed off the adoption of electric vehicles as a fad, automakers began preparing for the next generation. The company that started it all took an initiative with their commitment to invest $11.5 billion into electrification. 40 electric car models, 24 plug-in hybrids and 16 fully electric cars, are expected by 2022. Now, an electric Mustang?
Unlike some of the other automakers, Ford seems to be taking this global transition a little more serious. The legacy automaker has begun an $850 million project to build a factory dedicated to producing just their future electric cars. Through a newfound alliance with Volkswagen, the two will share and collaborate on both electric vehicles and autonomy. Using Volkswagen’s MEB platform, Ford is expecting to sell 600,000 electric vehicles for the European market in the next six years alone.
Onto the more present Ford news, a 2020 Ford Escape plug-in hybrid is expected to begin deliveries this very year. An electric Mustang SUV, code named “Mach 1” or “Mach E”, is scheduled to be unveiled this month, November 16th. The 300 mile ranged electric SUV will stand as Ford’s new flagship electric car.
“Ford will be releasing its all-new, Mustang-inspired electric SUV, that has a targeted EPA-estimated range of 300 miles with an extended battery and rear-wheel drive, in late 2020.* The vehicle’s 150kW charging ability will allow very quick charging speeds on Electrify America’s 150 to 350kW network.** Ford estimates that its all-new, all-electric Mustang-inspired SUV will be capable to charge up to 47 miles in 10 minutes using Electrify America DC fast chargers, providing peace of mind for customers to be able to charge in minutes, not hours.”
If anyone’s questioned Ford’s commitment towards the new era, they’ll be surprised to hear about the new electric Mustang. While still just a concept, it displays a clear path in the direction the company is heading. This is just the beginning.