Mus­cle car gets power boost

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetimeextra -

Amaz­ing as it may seem the Ford Mustang is go­ing elec­tric.

Ford claims the move will boost its per­for­mance and make it more eco friendly.

It is one of 13 new elec­tri­fied ve­hi­cles an­nounced by Ford in a £570 mil­lion ex­pan­sion.

Oth­ers com­ing on stream in the next few years in­clude a plug-in ver­sion of the Tran­sit Cus­tom and an all-new fully elec­tric small SUV with a range of up to 300 miles.

The devel­op­ment is be­ing spear­headed from Ford’s Flat Rock assem­bly plant in Michi­gan where 700 new jobs are be­ing cre­ated to build high tech and au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles.

Ford says it will be in­vest­ing more than four bil­lion dol­lars in elec­tri­fied ve­hi­cles by 2020 which will in­clude a V8 hy­brid Mustang ar­riv­ing in North Amer­i­can mar­kets that year.

The plug-in hy­brid Tran­sit will be ready for test­ing in Europe later this year and is slated to be on gen­eral sale by 2019 while the new bat­tery pow­ered small SUV is sched­uled to ar­rive in 2020 and will be sold in Europe, Asia and North Amer­ica.

Mark Fields, Ford pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “As more and more con­sumers around the world be­come in­ter­ested in elec­tri­fied ve­hi­cles, Ford is com­mit­ted to be­ing a leader in pro­vid­ing con­sumers with a broad range of elec­tri­fied ve­hi­cles, ser­vices and so­lu­tions that make peo­ple’s lives bet­ter.

“Our in­vest­ments and ex­pand­ing lineup re­flect our view that global of­fer­ings of elec­tri­fied ve­hi­cles will ex­ceed gaso­line-pow­ered ve­hi­cles within the next 15 years.”

As well as the new petrol-elec­tric Mustang, Ford is also de­vel­op­ing hy­brid ver­sions of the Lin­coln Con­ti­nen­tal and the F500 pickup truck as well as a self-driv­ing ve­hi­cle which should be on the road in the US in 2021 where it will be used for ride shar­ing.

The in­vest­ment at Flat Rock comes as Ford an­nounced it was scrap­ping plans to build a new fac­tory in Mex­ico and would be tak­ing steps to safe­guard 3,500 jobs at its Michi­gan Assem­bly Plant in Wayne which cur­rently pro­duces the Fo­cus for A Amer­i­can m mar­kets.

Iconic Mustang will be go­ing elec­tric in Ford’s lat­est power drive

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