The Ford Mustang (the real thing, not the SUV) is logically a long way from ‘green’ transportation. Yet Ford also sees a future in which electrification plays a role for the Mustang, albeit in a much more subtle way than with the competition.
Less than a week ago, Ford showed once again with the Mustang GTD that the fuel engine is far from dead in muscle car land, with its 5.2-liter V8 unleashing about 800 horsepower on the asphalt. That while the competition at Dodge seems ready to wave goodbye to the V8. After all, Dodge already looked ahead to a fully electric Charger last year and there is only an electric future for the Challenger as well. Ford shouldn’t know about that. At the beginning of this month, the Global Brand Manager of the Mustang, Jim Owens, promised that Ford would do everything it could to continue to supply the Mustang with a V8.
Does this mean that the Ford Mustang is abandoning the electrification boat altogether for the time being? Well, Ford CEO Jim Farley seems outspoken against an all-electric Mustang but sees other options. In a conversation with Bloomberg, he says: “If you ask me if there can be a fully electric Mustang coupe, I say no, probably not. But could there be a part-electric Mustang coupe and would it be world-class? Yes. ”
According to Farley, there is still a ‘grey area’ in which you are ‘doing good for the planet’. A hybrid Ford Mustang is therefore logically in the pipeline, although even that is probably still a distant future. Surprisingly enough, about six years ago it didn’t seem to last that long at all. At that time, Ford was already talking about a hybrid Mustang, but those plans were clearly put on hold.