Ford to Produce Six EVs by 2022 and Hybridize More Models
Mar 17 2018 by Kate Woods
This and other advances are expected to facilitate Ford's march toward releasing a fully-autonomous vehicle. From the discussion, it's clear that changes are afoot! Ford just gave an outline for its plan to crank out more hybrids and introduce six electric vehicles by 2022, the first of which will be a performance SUV in 2020.
The popularity of utility models is a subject on everyone's lips, and Ford is no exception. "Entirely new versions of the Escape and Explorer debut next year; combined, these two models make up 70 percent of Ford's SUV volume". In short, it will be similar to a Jeep Renegade in its basic design, except it will come from Ford.
Before they began reading from their teleprompters though, they made us all promise not to let the majority of the details leave the room. A high-performance Explorer ST is also coming. Will it get the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 used in the Raptor? Teaser photos show that it leans more to Range Rover off-road styling rather than the military lines of the Jeep Wrangler. This image of the reborn Bronco shows a square silhouette with pronounced wheel arches and a spare tire mounted on the rear hatch.
Ford also confirmed that it was expanding its sport-utility vehicles created to go off road that will match up with vehicles of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.'s popular Jeep.
2019 will mark the start of the rollout of Ford Co-Pilot360 to all of its passenger vehicles, according to Ford.
What we do know about the new small SUV is that it won't be yet another compact "soft-roader" that's squarely aimed at operating exclusively in the urban jungle.
Now, Farley says, Ford intends to expand that to every utility vehicle it announces.
Continuing in the performance vein, Ford confirmed the long-running Explorer will get a sporty ST variant, which is part of a 12-vehicle expansion of Ford Performance set to run through 2020.
Ford is also following the industry trend towards greater simplicity.
Ford offered a broad look at its future plans. They consist of body-on-frame for trucks, front-drive unibody for crossovers and sedans, rear-drive unibody, commercial van unibody for the Transit family and battery electric.
Levine said the suite would be more advanced than standard packages on GM, Nissan, Honda and Toyota.
"Ford's new hybrid system is both more efficient and less expensive than previous generations".