70% of models to be electrified by 2025, but pure EVs still some years away
Ford is to launch its vaunted electric sport-utility vehicle (SUV) in China “within five years.”
Plans for the SUV, first announced in January, are still opaque, but the automaker seems to be sticking to its promise of “a fully electric SUV with an expected range of at least 300 miles,” which would be released “by 2020.”
By 2025, Ford said it will provide a comprehensive range of electrified vehicles in China with plans to electrify 70% of all Ford nameplates sold. That includes the full range of Ford models produced by Changan Ford.
The auto company also said it will start manufacturing electrified power-trains by 2020 in China, in addition to expanding its electrified power-train engineering capabilities in Nanjing, China.
It will also launch a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model in China in 2018. The Mondeo Energi will have an all-electric range of around 50 km, the company said, and will join the existing Mondeo hybrid already on sale in China since 2016.
“The time is right for Ford to expand our EV (electric vehicle) line-up and investments in China,” said Ford chief executive Mark Fields in a statement.
According to the Society of Automotive Engineers of China, by 2025 new energy vehicles are expected to account for over 15% of total passenger vehicle sales in China.