The Blue Oval company is thoroughly interested in anything that has even remotely to do with alternative mobility – which also includes the green field. So, it should come as no surprise the mounting rumors of an entirely family of zero emission vehicles.
Ever since Ford trademarked the Model E moniker back in December 2013 and especially after the quick skirmish with Tesla (who ended up using Model 3 for the affordable sedan) it has been often implied the second largest US automaker was looking into a completely new electric vehicle. Now the reports have escalated to an entire family of vehicles – which should come to both replace current offerings (Focus Electric, Energy models, etc.) and also usher new horizons. That’s because Ford is going down the Hyundai Ioniq route – use a dedicated platform – but is also taking things a step forward. This is because besides hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and fully electric models it will also have different body styles – including passenger cars and crossovers.
Apparently the full electric powertrain has a 200 mile range to compete with the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3 and all Model E vehicles would be related to the next generation Focus – and produced at the company’s new 1.6 billion dollars assembly facility in Mexico. Competition will be stiff by the time they reach the market allegedly in 2019 – the Bolt and Model 3 will be out, as well as a new generation of the top selling Nissan Leaf.
Via Automotive News