China to Lead EV Development for Ford, US Lags

Last week, Ford announced plans to launch 15 new “electrified” vehicles- including a long-awaited, “pure” electric car with a 300-mile range- by the year 2025. That’s great news, but there’s a catch. The company’s new electric cars are being built for China.

“From luxury Lincolns to Ford cars and SUVs, to an all-new electric vehicle brand, we will meet the growing desire and need in China for great new energy vehicles,” said Jason Luo, chairman and CEO of Ford China, in a statement released Dec. 5th.

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention to Ford’s electric and hybrid car line up, the implication here seems to be that the company won’t be releasing any new electrified models in the US for 2019. If that’s the case, it will mean that the automaker hasn’t introduced a single new hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or pure electric model to the US market since 2013. In the meantime, Ford has actually killed off the once-promising C-Max electric and hybrid models. A move that’s leaving it with just the Fusion and Lincoln MKZ hybrids and the depressing Focus Electric.

For its part, Ford North America is expected to continue developing trucks, SUVs, and crossovers for the US market. It remains to be seen, however, whether the blue oval will commit to have any of those new models “electrified” in the same way that Toyota and Volvo have committed to electrifying their line ups. We’ll know come Detroit, I guess.

 

Source | Images: Green Car Reports.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.