Ford’s vision for the electric future is still hazy, but it clears a little more every day. The latest updates suggest that a Mustang Mach-E will be the name of Ford’s electrified Mustang.
AllFordMustangs.com has uncovered a pair of trademark applications with the European Intellectual Property Office for a fancy new Mustang badge (below) and the name “Mustang Mach-E.”
Ford had previously applied with the EUIPO and the U.S. patent office for a trademark on the name Mach-E, but has now added Mustang to the name, suggesting that it won’t be applied to the electric crossover the brand has been teasing.
Meanwhile, reports have been flying around about the future of the Mustang more generally. Automobile reports that the Mustang will stay on the same platform until 2026 (with an update somewhere around 2022), while other sources report that Ford has killed the hybrid Mustang in favor of an all-electric model.
What most reports tend to agree on is that the next Mustang will be based on the CD6 platform that underpins the Explorer. So get ready for that someday.
The hybrid Mustang, if you believe that it will happen at all, is expected sometime in 2022 — so around when the update arrives. We don’t know many powertrain details yet, but we did uncover an interesting patent from Ford that detailed a hybrid V8 system that uses an electric motor for the front axle, meaning a “Mustang Mach-E” could be AWD.
Meanwhile, Ford announced yesterday that its Mustang-inspired electric crossover (teased below) will arrive in 2020 with an impressive 370-mile driving range and be capable of fast charging.