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Ford announced it will invest $11 billion in 16 EV's and 24 hybrids. Ford Chief Executive Jim Hackett told investors last October the automaker would slash $14 billion in costs over the next five years and shift capital investment away from sedans and internal combustion engines to develop more trucks and electric and hybrid cars.

Ford’s president of global markets, Jim Farley, said Ford would bring a high-performance electric utility vehicle to market by 2020 as well as a hybrid version of the F-150 truck in 2020.

Some of the electric vehicles will be produced with Ford’s JV in China aimed at the Chinese market.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...nt-40-electric-vehicles-by-2022-idUSKBN1F30YZ

Looks like Ford doesn't want GM and others to get too far ahead. Of course, this likely means there will be a hybrid Silverado launched at the same time (or earlier?) to match Ford's effort.
 

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I was going to post on this. $11B is a big number and this is a big deal. Have to expect Toyota to follow suit, and VW is already moving ahead. By 2023 there will likely be fifty models of BEVs available. In addition to lots of choice, so many models means lots of suppliers and lower prices.

Seems like the electric drive pioneered by the Volt, the Leaf, and the Roadster is going mainstream.
 

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Toyota has already announced recently they are going all in and they will offer every product they make in an electrified version by 2025. The next years are going to be super exciting to watch. For the auto industry this is moving pretty darn fast. I would give credit to these players over the last 17 years:

1) GM for the Volt a super innovative best plugin hybrid product.
2) Toyota for making the Prius an electric hybrid vehicle as a mainstream affordable product.
3) Nissan for making the Leaf an affordable mainstream EV.
4) Tesla for its innovative product offerings and creating excitement and demand in the EV sector.
5) GM for the Bolt which was the first mass produced 200+ mile range EV priced in the $30k range.
 

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I love hearing new products being designed for the EV market. It's really about time we start to innovate more on alternative energy sources for transportation. Hopefully with all these new products coming out, there will be an increase in public charging infrastructure to accommodate all of these new products. Imagine our current infrastructure trying to accommodate charging for those taking a long trip? Having said that, I think Tesla had at least enough foresight to put their own charging infrastructure in place knowing they would eventually be selling in large volume and anticipate their customers need to charge away from home. GM, Ford, Toyota, etc aren't doing this and when their products do come onto the market they're going to have to rely on existing L2 and DCFC facilities. I can only imagine how aggravating that will be for those who need to charge on a trip. Looking at a trip from SoCal to Vegas requires a stop near Barstow for charging and choices are very limited (~6 ports). Tesla has two SC stations on either side of Barstow. I'm sure there are MANY other high traffic areas that are ideal stopping points with similar situations. Hopefully these companies with big plans for EVs also have some insight to at least encourage the buildup of charging stations to make their product usable or invest themselves in a compatible network.
 

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I'll believe it when I see it. I recall that well over 25 years ago Ford promised a 60 mpg hybrid that never saw the light of day. Ford's technology is well behind the curve with today's manufactures. Look at their electric focus, what a joke. Ford initially gave false info to the EPA as their fusion hybrid getting 47 mpg avg. Way off the mark and was not done by incompetence but with intent to mislead the hybrid buying public, and nobody could convince me that it was anything but.

Ford with 16 EV's and 24 hybrids by 2022, which is only 4 years away is pure BS.

The Volt is still hard to beat. Pure electric power on electric, even when you floor it to max speed the gas engine does not kick in. All other plug in hybrid's the gas motor will kick in when pressed to the max...
 

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Ford had some early wins with the Escape hybrid, the Fusion hybrid and Fusion Energi PHEV and to a lesser extent with the C-Max hybrid and C-Max Energi vehicles. The Ford Focus EV was not a particularly impressive effort but Ford probably learned enough from the Focus EV to do better next time.

Ford has stated they will be adding hybrid technology to the Mustang and the F150 and bringing out a new hybrid SUV/CUV. A hybrid F150 might close the fuel economy gap between the new diesel F150 and a conventional gas engine powered F150.

GM only has a few hybrid vehicle offerings. FC has only delivered the Town & Country PHEV. If Ford eventually sells even 5% of their F150 trucks as hybrid vehicles this will equal the sales volume of some of the more popular hybrid vehicles. Ford has stated that the F150 hybrid will be able to provide job site power for use with 110V power tools. The hybrid F150 should prove to be a popular F150 offering.
 

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Ford announced it will invest $11 billion in 16 EV's and 24 hybrids. Ford Chief Executive Jim Hackett told investors last October the automaker would slash $14 billion in costs over the next five years and shift capital investment away from sedans and internal combustion engines to develop more trucks and electric and hybrid cars.

Ford’s president of global markets, Jim Farley, said Ford would bring a high-performance electric utility vehicle to market by 2020 as well as a hybrid version of the F-150 truck in 2020.

Some of the electric vehicles will be produced with Ford’s JV in China aimed at the Chinese market.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...nt-40-electric-vehicles-by-2022-idUSKBN1F30YZ

Looks like Ford doesn't want GM and others to get too far ahead. Of course, this likely means there will be a hybrid Silverado launched at the same time (or earlier?) to match Ford's effort.

In January 2018, Ford announced that it had 16 pure EVs under development on a global basis. It emphasized that those 16 all-new EVs were on a global basis, and that not all of those 16 were going to the U.S. market.

On February 15, Ford announced that six of these 16 EVs would be for the U.S. market: Ford Readies North America's Freshest Lineup by 2020 with Onslaught of Connected New Trucks, SUVs and Hybrids These six EVs will arrive by 2022. It also means that 10 of the 16 EVs will be for non-U.S. consumption, presumably including several specifically for the Chinese market.

Ford also reiterated that the first of these six EVs will indeed be a de-facto Tesla Model Y competitor - a compact crossover-SUV with at least 300 miles of range. This would be similar to a long list of competitors that will be bringing to market somewhat compact all-electric crossover-SUVs long before Ford.

Ford will have a total of six all-electric vehicles in the U.S. market by 2022, and 16 on a total global basis - so 10 of them not intended for the U.S. market.
 
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