The Ford F-150 and Ford Mustang, respectively the country’s best-selling vehicle and its most iconic sports car, will break from tradition and join the expanding hybrid segment of the automotive industry.
The new trims, expected to be unveiled in 2020, will be part of the manufacturer’s addition of 13 global electric and hybrid vehicles in the next five years.
The new vehicles are also expected to include a plug-in Ford Transit van and fully electric small sport utility vehicle. Electric police vehicles are also in Ford’s plans, according to autoguide.com. The SUV will have a 300-mile range and will be sold in North America, Europe and Asia.
The hybrid Mustang will apparently only be available in North America, while the new F-150 will also be and in the Middle East.
Debuting with a 1964 1/2 model, the Ford Mustang celebrated its 50th birthday in 2015 with the carmaker offering a 50th-anniversary special edition.
The Ford F-150 pickup has been the top-selling truck in the United States for 45 consecutive years and the best-selling vehicle in the country for more than two decades.
According to various automotive website reports, Ford has earmarked nearly $4.5 billion in its expanding presence the hybrid and electric vehicle market.
Among its projects are a high-volume hybrid autonomous vehicle built for ride-sharing. It’s projected to debut in 2021.
Ford is also planning a high-volume, hybrid autonomous car built for ride sharing or a ride-hailing service. It will debut in 2021.