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
“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
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.