We’ve known for some time that Ford is working on a number of new battery-electric vehicles, aside from the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Ford F-150 Lightning, and Ford E-Transit. The automaker has one and possibly two new European EVs built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform on the way, as well as Ford and Lincoln branded crossovers for North America. Now, a new report from Reuters indicates that two new, dedicated Ford EV platforms are coming to underpin additional future electrified products as well.
The two new Ford EV platforms – one for cars and crossovers and the other for trucks and SUVs – will reportedly share a number of components, including battery packs and electric motors, which reduces cost and simplifies development and production.
According to the report, the smaller platform will be called GE2 (a newer version of the Mach-E’s GE platform) and will debut in mid-2023, eventually underpinning the Ford Mustang and the current-gen Mach-E’s replacement. The larger TE1 platform – expected to debut in the F-150 Lightning – could also underpin larger vehicles including the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.
Building its own dedicated EV platforms is a critical step in Ford’s plans to transition to an all-electric lineup in North America, a process that’s already underway in Europe. In addition to these new platforms, Ford is also working on bringing battery production in-house. Recently, it announced the creation of Ford Ion Park – the automaker’s first battery research and development center, as well as a joint battery production venture with SK Innovation called BlueOvalSK.
Ford will reportedly reveal more details surrounding this joint venture, along with news of its forthcoming EV platforms, to investors at its Capital Markets Day online event set to kick off on Wednesday, May 26th.