Ford said it is working on two new platforms for electric vehicles, which could spawn new electric versions.
Ford is considering an all-electric future. At tomorrow’s investor presentation, there will be more information on the Ford + plan. The project “will create value through ongoing customer relationships, including leading the electric vehicle revolution and the use of connected products and services.”
Sources told Reuters that the company will use its Capital Markets Day event to announce the development of two dedicated platforms for electric vehicles. Little is known about them, but the publication states that one will be used in cars and small crossovers, and the other in full-size pickups and SUVs.
The new platforms will be used on a variety of models and will help reduce the cost of switching to electricity. Speaking of the latter, the upcoming electric vehicles will receive “chassis components, electric motors and batteries.”
Insiders said that Ford plans to produce at least 9 electric vehicles and crossovers, as well as at least 3 electric trucks, vans and large SUVs. Among them are the second generation versions of the F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E.
While Ford just unveiled the F-150 Lightning a few days ago, the second-generation model will arrive in late 2025. It is slated to run on the brand new TE1 platform. This architecture can also be used to support electrical versions.
In the near future, the company is expected to unveil an updated version of the GE platform that underpins the Mustang Mach-E. This architecture, known as GE2, will be unveiled in mid-2023. It will be used in Ford and Lincoln crossovers, as well as the next generation Mustang and Mustang Mach-E.
The new platforms are separated from the previously announced partnership with Volkswagen, under which Ford models will use the MEB architecture. Ford may offer a mid-size electric pickup truck on the Rivian platform. The latter is interesting as Lincoln originally announced plans to offer a Rivian-based model in January 2020. However, in April, the car was decommissioned.
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