Lincoln Planning to Electrify All Models by 2022
Lincoln, the Ford Motor Co.’s premium brand is planning to offer hybrid gasoline-electric variants of all the models it is selling in U.S. by 2022, as per the sources that are familiar with the development.
Details pertaining to this plan might be announced by October 3rd when Ford CEO plans for giving an update to the investors on the strategy of Ford.
Company officials are further considering if they want to introduce one or more Lincoln all-electric models. The proposed electrification scheme is critical considering Lincoln wishes to target the Chinese market. An entry in the Chinese auto market will only be possible if electric vehicles are given precedence among the total number of sales.
This plan regarding Lincoln hybrids is a part of a broader Ford program for offering at least 18 new hybrid and electric models in the next five years.
The company aims for following a path that several European premium brands such as Volvo, Daimler AG, BMW, as well as Jaguar Land Rover have gone on, regarding plans for offering more all-electric and hybrid vehicles.
This plan by the global luxury brands seems to be a response to the proposals sent by the government of China for mandating higher levels of sales of EVs in the largest auto market in the world.
According to sources, the plans for offering a portfolio of Lincoln hybrid models had been made before Hackett took in as the CEO in May 2017.
The revamped Lincoln Navigator will go on sale this Autumn and is expected to add a conventional hybrid version of the model in 2019.
Subsequently redesigned Lincoln models such as the MKZ sedan in 2020, as well as the MKX Crossover and the Continental sedan in 2022, are also being expected to add in plug-in hybrid variants.