Ford is quietly revolutionizing its lineup’s engines. Nearly all of its bestselling models are getting the plug-in hybrid or electric treatment offered alongside the conventional gas-burning engines. And we couldn’t be happier about it. You get to save fuel and reduce your carbon footprint while still enjoying Ford ingenuity and quality. We’ll walk you through the electric options available now and hint at what’s to come in the near future.
Admit it, you’re a little surprised that the F-150 is part of this list. Just goes to show you how serious Ford is about making hybrids and electrics out of their bestselling brands. This one doesn’t compromise towing and hauling capacity. The power is there when you need it. But when the truck is idling or coasting, the F-150 Hybrid isn’t burning any fuel. That’s sure to save you some fuel costs in the long run. Another feature we’re excited about is the power takeoff for tools and worksites, a boon for those who need power to go.
Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid
This five-seater SUV comes in a hybrid option on the Escape SE Sport. Starting at just $28,255, this is one of the most affordable SUV hybrids on the market. Its 88 kW battery sits below the floor of the second-row seats, freeing up cabin space you’d probably rather use for passengers or cargo storage. A plug-in hybrid model is coming in the 2020 model year, so you’ll be able to charge your Escape at home and, if the commute is short enough, go all-electric except on long weekend trips.
Ford Mustang Hybrid
Finally, there’s the Ford Mustang hybrid. Get a classic pony car as an eco-friendly teenage dream. Ford has hinted that the famed V8 engine is still part of the package, so you can enjoy the speed and quality of a Mustang while still going green and saving on fuel. In fact, if you’re worried about power, Ford claims that there will be even more low-end torque on the hybrid than the gas-exclusive V8 engine.
The Future of Ford Electric
There are some surprises in this lineup, as most manufacturers have focused on small sedans when creating their hybrid and electric lineup. But not Ford. What if we told you to expect not just a hybrid version of the F-150, but an electric one as well? It’s true. How would you like to test drive a Mustang-influenced compact SUV that’s all electric. That one should be here by 2021, and it’s called the Ford Mach 1 or Mach E. We’ll also see a Ford Bronco hybrid. There are more rumors out there, but one thing is certain. Ford is revolutionizing its brand with electric options coming in on all fronts.