The Ford Electric Future
Gasoline is dead! Well, not yet. But the EV revolution has started. Nearly every relevant automaker on the planet has begun incorporate electric or hybrid powertrains into their lineups. Last month, the Blue Oval reconfirmed its own commitment to go electric across the lineup. Here’s everything that you should now about the the Ford Electric future.
This phenomenon has no doubt been instigated by the success of Tesla. The brand came out of nowhere and its investment in battery technology has yielded incredible results. The 100kWh version of the current Model S with the Ludicrous update, for example, is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 2.28 seconds. That’s the second fastest time among production cars of any kind. That’s thanks in large part to electric motors’ nearly instantaneous torque.
I know that straight-line acceleration is just one small part of driving performance. But if those figures are achievable with a nascent technology developed by an inexperienced automaker, when the entire auto industry begins investing all of their effort into electric vehicles, combustion engines will look grossly outdated. Ford’s certainly buying in – albeit conservatively.
Ford Electric Performance
Like Tesla, ford anticipates a demand for electric vehicles that oriented around performance. As the world’s number one sports car, the Mustang represents a great first candidate to dip its hoof into the hybrid waters. Ford reports that its hybrid Mustang will be “all about delivering V8-like performance with more low-end torque.” If Ford can add fuel savings without losing power who could complain? (Ed. note: that’s a rhetorical question).
In 2020, Ford will also release the Mach I, an electric crossover synthesising the spirit of the Explorer and Mustang. While we don’t know much about the Mach I, even its name is apparently tentative. But we do know it will be performance-oriented, chasing after the Tesla Model Y, Jaguar E-Pace, and Porsche Mission E. We also know that when it arrives, it will be Ford’s only exclusively electric SUV.
But that doesn’t mean it will be Ford’s only utility embracing electric technology: “By 2020, Ford plans an industry-leading lineup of eight SUVs – five of which will offer hybrid powertrains and one battery electric.” Expect the EcoSport and Escape to receive hybrid powertrains. And, somewhat surprisingly, Ford has confirmed that even the Bronco will have a hybrid option by 2020. As emissions standards become stricter and fuel becomes more costly, having supplemental battery power could be a great tool for keeping Canadians in the big vehicles they clearly love. Oh, and don’t forget about the trucks.
In 2020, Ford will release the first hybrid F-150. While that might scare some F-Series traditionalists, there are three huge benefits. First, and most obviously, the hybrid F-150 will offer incredible fuel economy. Second, the electric motor will be able to fill in low-end torque for more efficient acceleration. Third, owners will able to use the battery as a mobile generator, increasing their productivity wherever you go.
Clearly, 2020 is going to be a huge year for Ford. Which, if any, of the new Ford electric vehicles are you most excited for?