While a host of automakers have announced plans to go fully electric in the coming years, Ford has thus far refused to commit to a date, in North America at least. In Europe, FoMoCo has already set a goal of electrifying its entire lineup by 2030, and now, Lincoln will follow suit, at least in terms of offering BEV, HEV, and PHEV models exclusively. The difference is, Ford’s luxury arm is going electrified across the globe, starting with the launch of its very first EV model next year – just in time for the brand’s 100th anniversary.
“As we accelerate Lincoln’s transformation in North America and China, there is no better time to propel the Lincoln brand forward with electrification,” said Joy Falotico, president, Lincoln. “Electrification will take Quiet Flight to a new level with the smooth, exhilarating take-off feel and serene quietness our clients expect from a Lincoln. Our clients deserve the very best from Lincoln. Our world-class vehicles, effortless services, and advanced connected technology will allow us to create an always-on relationship with them and help transform the Lincoln brand for the future.”
By 2025, Lincoln expects zero-emissions vehicles to account for half of its global sales. The automaker stopped short of providing specific details on its first EV but did note that it, along with three other planned models, will ride on a new, flexible BEV architecture that is capable of being used for both rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations. These new models will join the existing Lincoln Aviator and Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring PHEVs already in the lineup.
The automaker’s electrification plan is part of Ford Motor Company’s recently-announced $30 billion investment into electrification, as well as its Ford+ plan for the future, which also includes the rollout of a host of new connected services, new EV platforms, IonBoost power systems, and investments into a battery joint venture and EV battery research and development.
Lincoln also revealed that its future models will adopt the new “Quiet Flight DNA” design philosophy, which was previewed with the Zephyr Reflection Concept that debuted at Auto Shanghai earlier this year.
That includes the brand’s first EV, which it says will offer “a more spacious interior that creates the ultimate expression of the Lincoln sanctuary,” along with “a striking, modern aesthetic, thoughtful details, clever storage solutions, minimalistic panels, a larger, expansive panoramic vista roof, a coast-to-coast display, and a new digital design language – Constellation – that includes exclusive themes showcasing the night sky.”