Ford will launch two new electrified vehicles in China as part of the automaker's plan to roll out a broad range of electric vehicles in the country by 2025.
The Mondeo Energi plug-in hybrid will launch in early 2018, and will feature an electric drive range of up to 50 kilometers (31 miles). The Mondeo Energi will be manufactured by Changan Ford, a joint venture with Changan Automobile.
The company also plans to bring a new battery-electric utility that will be sold in China within the next five years. It should deliver a range of more than 450 kilometers (279 miles), and will also be made available in North America and Europe, according to the automaker.
“The time is right for Ford to expand our EV lineup and investments in China,” said Mark Fields, Ford's president and CEO. “We are prioritizing our electrification efforts on China to reflect its importance as a global electrified vehicle market and to make lives better, simpler and more cost effective for Chinese consumers.”
Also as part of Ford’s electrification plan in China, the automaker said it will start manufacturing electrified powertrains in China by 2020. It also plans to expand its new energy vehicle engineering capabilities at its Nanjing Research and Engineering Centre.
Ford plans to offer a variety of electrified solutions by 2025 in China, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and battery-electric vehicles. By then, 70% of Ford nameplates will have electrified powertrain options, including the full range of nameplates produced by Changan Ford, according to the automaker.
In January, Ford confirmed seven of the 13 new global EVs it will launch in the next five years, including the battery-electric compact SUV that will be sold in China, and a hybrid autonomous vehicle designed for commercial operations in mobility services, starting in North America.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet