There once was a time the term hybrid would only bring you the thought of the Toyota Prius and wouldn’t invoke any form of excitement in your mind. Today we see hybrid technology being used in supercars with regularity as the technology helps to increase the instant torque desires and offer more power from different places. You can still only get so much power just from the engine and the use of hybrid equipment makes a huge difference for those seeking the best performance and most power from their cars. Unfortunately, most hybrid sports cars are not ones most of us can afford.
The most affordable hybrid sports car on the market right now is the BMW i8 and it comes at $150,000 per model, but the hybrid sports car you want is on its way. Ford has announced it will build a Mustang Hybrid and it will be unveiled in 2020. This car is expected to make as much horsepower as the V8 engine does now but add more low end torque for you to enjoy much better overall acceleration off the line. As a Mustang, you know this car will be more affordable than any other hybrid sports car has been so far.
Of course, when you’re talking about Ford, there has to be more involved than one model. The Ford CEO, Mark Fields, announced that Ford will also debut a hybrid F-150 and a 300 mile EV SUV at the same time as the hybrid Mustang model. This certainly could be a trio of vehicles that will help ensure Ford is in the game when it comes to hybrid models as their current lineup of hybrid and EV models leave something to be desired. The new F-150 is expected to be able to be used as an on the job generator while still offering impressive towing and payload for those interested.
As we’ve heard from Ford in the past, another vehicle will also be in the works which will be a high-volume autonomous vehicle which will be used for ride sharing companies. This vehicle will come to us in 2021 along with a hybrid pursuit-rated menu of police vehicles and a plug-in Transit Custom for Europe. These additions are certainly giving us the idea that Ford is committed to the future of mobility and the need to embrace hybridization and have these items inside their vehicles.
In order to bring about the change for the Mustang, F-150 and a new SUV Ford is putting an investment into their Flat Rock plant of $700 million. This comes as part of an announcement to add 700 jobs to this plant and cancel the plans that were in place to add a new $1.6 billion plant in Mexico. Here is an example of keeping the work here in the US along with the technology and the development of these vehicles. This is certainly a patriotic and impressive announcement from Ford, now it’s time for them to get to work making it happen for us.