Nope, it’s not April Fools’ Day.
Ford Motor Co. announced today it will soon offer hybrid versions of the iconic Mustang and F-150. In total, the Dearborn, MI-based company unveiled plans for 13 new electric, hybrid, or plug-in hybrid vehicles during a press conference at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.
Among the highlights:
- A Mustang Hybrid that will debut in 2020 and produce similar power and torque to a V8.
- An F-150 Hybrid that will debut in 2020 and double as a generator for job sites.
- A small electric crossover SUV with a range of 300 miles.
- 20 Transit Connect Hybrid taxi vans that will be deployed and tested in the U.S.
Ford also said it is working on a wireless charging system that allows the EVs and plug-ins to charge while parked over a charging mat. Power will be transferred from the mat to the car without having to plug in any cables.
“As more and more consumers around the world become interested in electrified vehicles, Ford is committed to being a leader in providing consumers with a broad range of electrified vehicles, services and solutions that make people’s lives better,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “Our investments and expanding lineup reflect our view that global offerings of electrified vehicles will exceed gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 15 years.”
To support the new era of vehicles, Ford is adding 700 direct new U.S. jobs and investing $700 million during the next four years, creating the new Manufacturing Innovation Center at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant. Employees there will build the all-new small utility vehicle with extended battery range as well as the fully autonomous vehicle for ride-hailing or ride-sharing — along with the iconic Mustang and Lincoln Continental.
You can learn about this breaking news by reading Ford’s official announcement here.
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