Back in March of this year, news broke that Ford Motor Company might be planning a “Model E” electrified vehicle for production at the automaker’s future San Luis Potosí small-car plant. The choice of name was informed by a Ford trademark filing; the car’s long-range electrified drivetrain was alluded to by a comment made by CEO Mark Fields in April.
Now, Autoblog has raised the possibility that the Ford Model E won’t be a model per se, but rather a small line of electrified vehicles à la Toyota Prius. More specifically, Autoblog believes that the Ford Model E could be sold in both compact-car and crossover-utility forms, with conventional-hybrid, plugin-hybrid, and battery-electric drivetrains available.
The outlet also reports that the alleged 2020 Ford Model E is likely to share the Focus’ platform – a prospect which seems perfectly likely, provided that production of the Focus is indeed shifted to the new Mexican plant as most experts believe it will be. That would almost certainly mean the discontinuation of another electrified vehicle, the Ford C-MAX, which also shares the Focus’ Global C platform.
The Ford Model E will count toward Ford’s goal – announced back in December of last year of releasing 13 new electrified vehicles by the year 2020. That means a combination of hybrids, plugin hybrids, and battery-electric vehicles. Ford simultaneously announced a $4.5 billion investment toward green-propulsion vehicles, and revealed the new, 2017 Ford Focus Electric with a 100-mile range.