Report: Ford executive chairman reveals Mustang-inspired EV crossover will ‘go like hell’

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
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Ford doesn’t have a performance electric vehicle yet. But by 2020 it will. And it will reportedly ‘go like hell.’

Speaking at the Newsmaker of the Year luncheon hosted by Crain Detroit Business on Monday, according to Automotive News, Ford’s executive chairman Bill Ford revealed that the brand’s forthcoming electric performance crossover—inspired by Mustang—is “going to go like hell.”

The crossover will have a range of more than 300 miles and, obviously, will not skimp on performance.

Creating Electrical Noise

Ford made waves when it associated the legendary Mustang brand with an upcoming electrified crossover, but it’ll be the performance that captures imagination when it’s unveiled in 2020.

 

“When we first started talking about electrification, there was this thought that there had to be a trade-off: It was either going to be green and boring and no fun, or really exciting but burn a lot of fossil fuels,” Ford said. “Electrification has come to the point that you can do both.”

If Ford’s sentiment about the new EV crossover’s performance sounds familiar, there’s good reason. It is a reference to the battle between Ford and Ferrari for dominance on the Le Mans racetrack during the 1960s. Specifically, it’s direct quote from Bill Ford’s uncle who directed the brand’s racecar drivers to, “Go like hell.”

A HIstory Of Performance

The new Shelby GT500 is the pinnacle of ponycar performance. It delivers more than 700 horsepower and is the quickest street-legal Mustang to date. It’s quite likely an electrified crossover will out accelerate the ICE-powered supercar.

 

It is significant for Bill Ford to harken back to that triumphant era of his family’s car company in speaking of the forthcoming crossover. That’s because, to date, Ford’s electrified vehicles—the Focus EV, for example—haven’t really been known for their punchy acceleration.

This revelation is exciting and a fun way to conjure up images of Ford’s past performance dominance. Hopefully the vehicle lives up to both the brand’s Le Mans bona fides as well as those of the Mustang.

 


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  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
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