Automakers around the world are making 2017 an even more exciting year for car-lovers. Just recently, Ford unveiled seven of the 13 new global electrified plans it would create in the next five years.
What captured the attention of the public are the hybrid versions of Ford Mustang and F-150 in the U.S. Furthermore, people from Europe will also get to experience a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van and a fully electric SUV with an expected range of at least 300 miles.
The automaker promised $4.5 billion worth of investment for new plug-ins and hybrids in the coming years.
“The industry is changing; the infrastructure is happening,” said CEO Mark Fields. The same man predicted that within 15 years, global automakers would start offering more electrified cars — plug-in hybrids, hybrids, and battery-operated cars — than gasoline vehicles.
“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. Our investments and expanding lineup reflect our view that global offerings of electrified vehicles will exceed gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 15 years.”
Hybrid Mustang And F-150
Both upcoming models will be created and built at Ford’s Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant. Aside from new projects, the automaker company will also add 700 jobs as part of its $700 million investment to generate a new Manufacturing Innovation Center, reported Forbes.
According to the company’s official site, Mustang’s hybrid version would deliver V8 power and more low-end torque. The Mustang Hybrid from the Flat Rock Plant will debut in 2020. It will first be available in the North America.
The F-150, on the other hand, will offer powerful towing and payload capacity. It will also operate as a mobile generator. The F-150 will be available by 2020 in both North America and the Middle East.