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2021 Ford Bronco Owner’s Manual May Not Have Revealed PHEV After All


Earlier this month, Ford Authority reported on an interesting revelation found in the 2021 Ford Bronco owner’s manual. As we discovered, there is a section titled “Hybrid Battery Systems” that seemed to confirm that a plug-in hybrid version of the Ford Bronco exists. However, as it turns out, this may not be the case. A Ford Authority analysis of various 2021 MY vehicle manuals indicates that this inclusion may have been a printing error on Ford’s part.

Interestingly, this same text regarding Hybrid Battery Systems can be found in the Ford Edge owner’s manual on page 317, which can be viewed here. This is notable because there is no Edge hybrid model currently on sale, nor is it clear if one is planned for the future, especially since the next-gen Edge has already reportedly been canceled. Furthermore, these tips on vehicle storage apply only to electrified models – not their ICE-powered counterparts.

Other 2021 Ford model owner’s manuals do not contain the Hybrid Battery Systems section, however, including the Ford EcoSport (seen here) and Ford Mustang (which can be found here) manuals. Thus, its inclusion in both the 2021 Ford Bronco owner’s manual and the Edge’s manual seems like an error. However, we do know that a Bronco PHEV is happening, likely for the 2023 model year.

As Ford Authority reported back in March, a Ford Bronco Raptor (formerly known as the Ford Bronco Warthog) prototype was spied with an orange high voltage (HV) cable, typically used in hybrid vehicles, underneath the vehicle. Additionally, Ford CEO Jim Farley recently hinted that an all-electric version of the Bronco could be in the works as well. Add in the fact that the Bronco’s Ford T6 platform-mate – the Ford Rangerwill be available with a PHEV powertrain by 2025, and an electrified Bronco seems inevitable.

We’ll have more on the Bronco soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Bronco news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.


Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Stephen Ketterer

    Ford will eventually cancel the Escape along with the Edge once the Bronco variants’ sales begin to peak.

    1. Me

      It’s already established that the Edge will not continue beyond 23 or 24. Oakville is going to build EV’s only.

    2. Jake

      Why would Ford cancel the Escape? It’s considered one of their cash cows and the Bronco Sport is targeted more towards the Subaru type of owners where as the Escape is targeted towards a more basic crowd who just want something with good mpg and a fair amount of features and it was already confirmed that the Edge and Nautilus will be discontinued probably to make way for the Mach-E or whatever they have planned in the future for Ford and definitely Lincoln.

  2. Mick1

    Talk about hedging your bets on PHEV’s. Escape is here to stay. Edge is gone as Derek Jeter has retired and is no longer promoting it.


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