Blue Oval's first bespoke battery-electric car will be unveiled later this year before 2020 on-sale date
21 May 2019

Ford is poised to reveal what could be its most crucial (and controversial) model yet: an all-electric, Mustang-inspired crossover.

Due to go on sale in 2020, a concept will be unveiled later this year and the brand claims it will transfer the spirit of the iconic pony car into a truly 21st century Tesla Model Y rival. 

Imagined by Autocar (above) the new model has yet to be officially named, although Ford has reportedly ditched the originally floated ‘Mach 1’ tag because of strong public opinion against the use of the branding historically reserved for Mustangs. However, the Blue Oval recently applied to trademark the ‘Mach-E’ nameplate, which seems a perfect fit, given the car’s brief. 

The new car will be the first Ford designed as an electric car from the ground up, with a bespoke new platform enabling both rear and four-wheel drive. It will crown the brand’s wide-reaching electrification plan under which European customers will be offered a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric version of every new model launched. 

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The only technical detail Ford has officially revealed is the car’s range: it will be capable of 370 miles of WLTP-certified range on a single charge, beating the Tesla Model X (351 miles) and Jaguar I-Pace (292 miles). A less expensive version with less battery capacity and range is also expected. 

Ford claims charging will be “effortless” and it is “redesigning the ownership experience to ensure it addresses customer pain points that currently hold back broad [electric car] adoption”. The car’s performance remains undisclosed, although chairman Bill Ford has previously claimed it “is going to go like hell”. 

At a Bank of America summit last month, a Ford presentation showed that it would offer a higher-performance variant of the electric crossover, targeting the more accelerative versions of Tesla’s EVs. Although it is not officially confirmed, reports suggest Ford will reveal the car’s name along with the concept before the year is out. 

Like many of Ford’s recent models, it’ll be a globally engineered vehicle with few changes between regions. UK deliveries are tipped to start in late-2020. It’s not the only EV in Ford’s product plan, because the Michigan-based maker is also working on a more affordable electric crossover. Codenamed CX430, it will be based on the latest Focus platform and be similar to the Kuga. The CX430 has been in Ford’s product plan for several years. 

The long-awaited push into electrification comes after news that Ford will be dropping former best-sellers from its US line-up: the Taurus, Fusion and Focus, alongside the Fiesta. Ford’s supermini never found huge popularity in the US, but the momentous decision to end Ford’s 110-year presence in the US passenger saloon market sent a clear signal that profitability, not diversity, is the new focus for the brand. 

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21 May 2019

Only another 15 full EV models by 2022 to go then. FORD are so far behind it's painful to watch.

21 May 2019
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Only another 15 full EV models by 2022 to go then. FORD are so far behind it's painful to watch.

 

The impression is that you are keeping an unnaturally close watch on this item. Unless you are privy to confidential plans, on what basis do you "despair"?. What would you do if they got to their pledge, minus ONE model?. Plans change and if Ford were to STICK to plans made public years ago, they would be on their way out, given inflexibility and inability to change according to market forces, then what would you do?.

21 May 2019

 Ok Ford, put your Wonga where your statement is, let’s have it, I’ll be glad to see a genuine competitor for Tesla...

21 May 2019
Setting aside the questionable environmental credibility of Lithium Ion batteries for one moment. Where, pray tell, is all the additional electricity required for EV mass adoption going to come from? Think I'll stick with my straight six diesel for a few more years yet! In fact, it might be the car that will 'see me out'!

21 May 2019

A fair chunk will come from less refining of oil, then there's the fact we're using less electicity, the link up with Norway, more wind power, Nuclear from France.  It's not like it's going to be even 20% take up within the next 5 years.  There'll be a mixture of fuels for cars and fuel sources.  Moving on...

 

21 May 2019
That still leaves 80% fossil fuels by your reckoning. So my original point still stands, mass adoption is still decades away and even then the environmental credibility and indeed viability is questionable.

21 May 2019
There is nothing much questionable about lithium. Most of it comes from evaporating brine that is pumped up from below ground. The picture you have seen accompanying a anti lithium article is in fact a copper mine.
Cobalt is much more of a concern. Tesla batteries are less than 3% cobalt and they are working hard to eliminate it.
As for the electricity grid keeping up? Electric vehicles are usually charged at night while the owner sleeps when there is little load and utilities would be delighted to be able to sell more of their product. The grid will cope and keep up with development just fine.

22 May 2019

But it's not the availabulity of electricity that's the only potential problem, it's the electricity delivery infrastructure.

If you add the load of EV charging to household, domestic, use you run the risk of trying to get too much power along a cable that simply wasn't designed to cope with it.

Who then pays for the digging of the roads and the laying of new cables.

I'm not saying that it's insurmountable but the buying public need to be ressured that these issues have been properly thought through and will be addressed in a reasonable time.

We are, after all, great at delivering infrastructure upgrades on time, aren't we? Crossrail anyone?

21 May 2019

"..... sent a clear signal that profitability, not diversity, is the new focus for the brand. "

This seems to be the focus for all brands now, only producing the most profitable and expensive models, no matter what odd niche they occupy. Manufacturers used to be happy making very little on models at the lower ends of their range, for example small 3-door hatches, as they brought young buyers to the brand. Those buyers would often then stay with the manufacturer as their needs changed, because of the diversity of models. I think car companies know that their time is running out, what with the costs of electrification, and ultimately autonomous vehicles, and they're just wanting to make as much hay as they can whilst the sun shines. Unfortunately, in the meantime, that means less choice of models for the consumer.

21 May 2019

Totally bonkers!!! How can a Mustang be a SUV???? Steve McQueen would look a complete A***hole driving one of these thru' the streets of San Francisco. Using the "Mustsang" name on a SUV would totally devalue the name, & heritage associated with it.

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