Ever since it emerged that a new Ford Model E electrified vehicle (or range of vehicles) might be in the pipeline for a 2019 or 2020 model-year debut, rumors and speculation have abounded. The latest murmurings, put forth by website Gas 2, suggest that the Ford Model E might actually arrive as six different models – nearly half of the thirteen new electrified vehicles Ford has promised by 2020 – when it launches.
This bit of speculation supposes that the Ford Model E will be offered as both a car and a crossover, with conventional-hybrid, plugin-hybrid, and battery-electric powertrains all finding their way into both body styles. Two times three equals six.
By way of evidence, Gas 2 links to a snippet published by Automotive News which claims that the Ford Model E will follow in the footsteps of Hyundai’s Ioniq mid-size hatchback family, which is the first vehicle to be offered with each of the three types of electrified powertrains listed above. The same snippet also states that the Model E is due to start production in Mexico in the spring of 2019; previously, we’d heard that it was slated for a fall start-date.
Whatever the specifics are regarding the Ford Model E, Gas 2 does at least raise rather a good point: Ford’s promise of thirteen new electrified vehicles by 2020, made back in December of last year, was an ambitious one that might in fact require the Model E to ship in six different configurations. Without each of those half-a-dozen models, we have a hard time picturing Ford keeping its word.