Ford goes deeper into EV
Ford said it will bring back the Escape hybrid as a plug-in, and roll out hybrid versions of its full-size sport utility vehicles (SUVs), as it makes a bigger push into electrification.
The Escape plug-in hybrid, Ford Expedition hybrid, and Lincoln Navigator hybrid, are scheduled for release in 2019, sources with knowledge of Ford’s product plans told Automotive News.
Those vehicles, along with a Lincoln MKC plug-in hybrid, also expected in 2019, are four of the 13 electrified models Ford plans to introduce in the next five years. In January, the automaker identified seven of the other models, including hybrid versions of the Mustang and F-150 to be available by 2020.
Ford has said it is investing $4.5billion to develop the 13 vehicles.”They’re at a critical point in their strategy, and that’s trying to balance today and tomorrow. You don’t want to go all in on EVs at this point because that’s not going to pay the bills and keep the lights on today, but you also don’t want to get behind,” senior vice president of forecasting at LMC Automotive, Jeff Schuster, told Auto News.
Adding hybrid versions of Ford’s biggest SUVs makes sense, Schuster said, as the automaker tries to increase fuel economy without creating a range anxiety for buyers who tend to take long road trips.