Ford got into the hybrid game relatively early with the 2005 Escape, the first hybrid SUV. The automaker believes other automakers are underestimating hybrids today as they rush to all-electric vehicles, Ford vice president of powertrain engineering Dave Filipe said.
All-electric vehicles are much more expensive than hybrids, and require charging infrastructure that’s not available everywhere. Ford believes those factors will keep hybrids in the picture for many years to come, even as EVs become increasingly common.
Hybrids play a key role in Ford’s touted $11-billion investment plan to reduce its vehicles’ fuel consumption and emissions.
It’s also likely that EVs aren’t seen as practical for police vehicles which is a market Ford would like to continue to court.