After years of anticipation, Tesla has announced the Model Y – a new electric crossover utility vehicle that will be 10 percent bigger in size, and will cost about 10 percent more than the Model 3. It will be noticeably smaller and more affordable than the Tesla Model X, while having between 230 and 300 miles of range. The internet has been abuzz with the news, as if it’s the first time anybody’s ever seen an electric vehicle before. But then Ford crashed the reveal party.
Just two minutes into Tesla’s reveal event, Ford Motor Company teased an electric pony in a tweet. From what we can tell, the automaker has revealed the badging for an upcoming electric vehicle – either a battery electric version of the Ford Mustang or a Mustang Hybrid.
Back in January we reported that Ford filed a new patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office that provided some insight into a potentially upcoming Ford Mustang Hybrid. In February we reported that the Ford electric crossover with several “Mustang-inspired” elements is on the way.
On Thursday, Ford tweeted “Hold your horses” accompanied by the iconic pony logo outlined in an electric blue color against a black backdrop. The tweet was sent at 8:02 p.m. on the West Coast, just two minutes after Tesla began the Model Y electric SUV reveal.
As such, we could be looking at a photo of what we believe will be the logo and/or badging for the upcoming electrified Mustang.
The Tesla Model Y will likely be a strong contender in the segment, should Tesla keep to a schedule and actually launch it on time. But Ford and its 100-plus years of automaking experience is looking to enter the fray shortly with a bunch of electric offerings, including an electric or electrified Mustang as well as an electric crossover. One of these could also spawn a Lincoln variant. These new EVs would be establishing Ford the electric vehicle spaces.
The Mustang-inspired electric crossover, likely called Mach E, could arrive as early as next year, and could debut in early 2020 as a 2021 model year vehicle, around when the Tesla Model Y is anticipated to launch.