Not that long ago Ford confirmed that they are in fact going to build an all-electric range of cars. It seems that these will be sold under the Model E name. Even though Ford did build electric cars up to this point, these are set to be the first to breach the 200 miles mark. On top of that, with the electric cars, they may also release the 2019 Ford Model E Hybrid. At this point, there is still little information about this particular model. However, some suggest that Ford is going to build a range extender model for those in need. This will combine all the benefits of an electric car with those of a gas-powered one.
2019 Ford Model E Price
Not that long ago inside sources said that the Model E is going to be built in Mexico. This likely means that the car will share its production line with the Focus. If this is going to happen then it is safe to assume the Model E is based on a modified Focus or Fusion platform. In order to accommodate the larger battery, the platform likely boasts a lower floor than its gas counterpart. We do hope that Ford will decide to not keep all the electronics under the front hood. If they go ahead with this then the 2019 Ford Model E Hybrid might feature a small trunk here. The gas-powered engine would likely set further in the back, especially since it wouldn’t need a large powertrain to keep it going. The price is still unknown but considering the competition, it would have to cost under $35,000 in order to be successful.
Ford Model E Design
One of the largest unknown factors about the Model E is the way it is going to look. We do know that it will follow Ford’s corporate look though. This means that it will get roughly the same type of grille, headlights and possible aggressive bumper as the ongoing Fusion or the upcoming Focus. The car’s rear end, on the other hand, will be quite a bit more different. Here it might receive a wedge hatch design in order to be more aerodynamic. It might also get the coupe-like roof line some of the models in this class use. Due to this type of design and electric powertrain, the Model E is set to be able to carry up to 5 passengers. There is expected to be just as much space as in the Focus. The trunk might be slightly smaller though due to the raised floor. The equipment level, as well as the materials, are expected to be on par with the Fusion. The design inside, on the other hand, should be all new.
What will power it?
Ford’s current electric car barely offers 143 horsepower and boasts a 23 kWh battery pack. The 2019 Ford Model E Hybrid, on the other hand, is expected to be vastly superior. Even though it might feature a range extender, it seems that it could also get a large battery pack and powerful electric motor. Early rumors suggest more than 200 horsepower for the electric motor. The range extender is expected to be a tiny EcoBoost, possibly a 2 cylinder, that could offer around 60 to 80 horsepower. This would then hold the battery’s charge when it would get low. The all-electric range for it is expected to be north of 180 miles with an added 50 to 100 miles from the gas engine. Thanks to it, the Model E would basically get rid of the range anxiety many people owning electric cars encountered. An all-electric model is also going to be sold which will likely feature slightly more range thanks to a larger battery pack.