Ford Europe is unveiling an extensive range of new green vehicles designed to help make cities cleaner and quieter.
Ford Europe’s new electric lineup, under a new Ford Hybrid banner, will cover everything from small family cars and SUVs to commercial vans, including a wide selection of all-new Kuga mid-size SUVs offering a pure electric range of more than 50 km. This is the same range being targeted by the new Tourneo Custom Plug-in Hybrid eight-seat people mover. Lastly, the seven-seat Ford Explorer Plug-in Hybrid will complete the hybrid SUV lineup.
“Ford Hybrid vehicles will make electrification relevant and attainable for more drivers than ever before. From Fiesta to Transit, every new vehicle we introduce will feature an electrified version that best suits the needs of our customers in an affordable way,” said Stuart Rowley, President, Ford of Europe. “Along with advances in technology and connectivity, the models introduced today are just the start of our plans to develop a comprehensive line-up of smart vehicles for a smart world.”
The new electric passenger vehicles will include the Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid and the Focus EcoBoost Hybrid models, delivering reduced emissions, better fuel efficiency, and a more responsive and rewarding driving experience.
Ford also announced its new all-electric commercial vehicle, Transit – arriving in 2021 – which is designed to help make cities quieter and cleaner and help reduce costs for business and operators. Additionally, Ford’s Mustang-inspired all-electric performance SUV will arrive in 2020, with a driving range of 600 km.
“There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to electrification – every customer’s circumstances are different,” Joerg Beyer, Executive Director, Engineering, Ford of Europe. “Ford’s nuanced powertrain strategy is designed to help our customers find the right solution to make their electrified vehicle experience easier and more enjoyable.”
Ford is also exploring solutions to further optimize the energy efficiency and driving range of its electrified vehicles by testing a one-of-a-kind Ford Transit Smart Energy Concept 10-seater minibus. The minibus has a 150 km range with 4-hours of charge and uses a chassis fitted with battery-electric technology.
Ford’s future electric vehicles will be supported by the IONITY consortium that aims to build 400 stations in key European locations by 2020.