Ford has created huge waves in the automotive industry, announcing hybrid versions of the Mustang and F-150 are coming. This once again proves that electrification is the future of passenger vehicles.
The hybrid version of the F-150 and Mustang will be hitting the market by 2020. Ford hasn’t said if they’ll be plug-in models or not.
Considering the F-150 is the top pickup truck in the nation, this will promote hybrid use by quite a bit. Already, Ford has seen considerable success with the EcoBoost versions of the F-150, which use small, turbocharged and direct-injected engine. It’s entirely possible the Ecoboost engines will be paired with electric motors,
To build all these hybrid vehicles, Ford is expanding its Flat Rock, Michigan plant. The company says it will pour $700 million into the facility, showing how serious it is about electrification. About 700 jobs will be created by the expansion. Not only is the Mustang built there right now, so is the Lincoln Continental.
Another, unnamed “high-volume” hybrid is coming out in 2021. It will be autonomous and used for ride-hailing services in North America. Ford will also be releasing two hybrid police vehicles, probably based on its current sedan and SUV models.