It won’t be your father’s Mustang — or your cousin’s F-150 — but Ford plans to make hybrid versions of both icons. In a joint press conference with union workers and officials, Ford CEO Mark Fields laid out his company’s electric vehicle strategy for the coming years. Besides the electrification of the original pony car and America’s best-selling truck, U.S. consumers will also get a fully electric SUV with 300 miles of range by 2021.
Altogether, Fields announced the company’s plans to electrify seven different models in the next four years. Ford will turn out a fully autonomous Fusion hybrid, two pursuit-rated hybrid police cars, and a plug-in hybrid Transit van. But the headlines belong to F-150 and Mustang, which break ground in their respective classes.
Since we heard Ford was testing a hybrid F-150 back in 2014, this model comes as less of a surprise. Electric power will boost low-end torque and maintain (or extend) payload and towing capacity. Meanwhile, the hybrid pickup battery could serve as a mobile generator, Ford said. Naturally, we expect F-150 class-leading fuel economy to further improve.
Consumers in the U.S. and Middle East will see the hybrid F-150 by 2020. An electrified Mustang will join the fold around the same time.