Ford Trademark Filing Hints At Plug-In Hybrid Versions Of The Explorer, Kuga, And Transit

The C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi haven’t made much of an impression but Ford isn’t giving up its on plug-in hybrids as trademark filings suggest a handful of new models are in the works.

According to Autocar, Ford has filed trademark applications for the Kuga Energi, Explorer Energi, and Transit Energi. The latter model isn’t much of a surprise as Ford has already confirmed plans for a plug-in hybrid van based on the Transit Custom. It is slated to be launched in Europe by 2019 and promises to significantly reduce operating costs.

The models will eventually be joined by hybrid versions of the F-150 and Mustang. The electrified pony car promises to be the most interesting of the bunch as the company has previously hinted it will offer “V8 power and even more low-end torque.” The model is slated to be launched in 2020 and will be available initially in North America.

Ford hasn’t disclosed performance specifications for any of the models but the company has said it is working on electric crossover which will have a range of at least 300 miles (482 km). It will be built at the company’s Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan and be offered in a variety of markets including Asia, Europe, and North America.

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  • Jay

    The fog lights on the explorer did not need to get uglier, they were fine how they were..

  • Benjamin B.

    There was a hybrid variant of the previous Ford Escape. Ford doesn’t offer a hybrid version for this generation. The hybrid system of the previous Escape was based of Toyota’s system. With a Mazda four cylinder paired with an electric motor and CVT. Current Fusion and C Max hybrids use the next generation of that system. I don’t understand why there wasn’t an Escape or Kuga hybrid.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I love my C-max, but if they made an Escape Energi in the next generation of Escapes, that would be my next car.

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