Ford Doubles Down On EV Strategy With Two New Electric Crossovers

Ford, which has defied the Trump administration’s attempt to lower emissions standards, has announced that it has two all-electric crossover SUVs in the works. The American auto giant is developing two new models, which have been codenamed CDX746 and CDX747, for late 2022. One will bear the Ford badge, while the other will be a Lincoln.

According to sources, the all-electric SUVs will both be mid-sized crossovers like the Ford Edge and the Lincoln Nautilus. They will be manufactured at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, with 65,000 units scheduled for production per year. Though the two new models were expected to be built at Ford’s plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico, where the Mustang-inspired ‘Mach 1’ electric crossover will reportedly be built, they will now be assembled in Michigan, where Rivian, a start-up that has been backed by Ford with $500 million, has an all-electric SUV and UTE in the pipeline.

The new all-electric Ford will share the same platform as the Lincoln Nautilus. In addition to the Mach 1, the all-electric F-150 and another electric vehicle that Ford will reportedly build with Rivian, the two new models comprise five of the 16 EVs the automaker is planning. Ford has also partnered with Volkswagen to develop autonomous vehicles and other transportation services.

The news of the two new EVs follows Donald Trump’s Twitter rant this week in which he criticized Ford for supporting California’s emissions plan, which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 4% annually in the next five years. The agreement has also been backed by Volkswagen, Honda, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, as well as another unnamed automaker, in an effort to combat climate change, which Trump has referred to as a “hoax.”

On Thursday, Trump tweeted: “Henry Ford would be very disappointed if he saw his modern-day descendants wanting to build a much more expensive car, that is far less safe and doesn’t work as well, because execs don’t want to fight California regulators.”

Ford Motor Company responded by saying that it is “proud to lead the way in taking the right actions for the environment while at the same time protecting consumer affordability and the short- and long-term health of the industry.”

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The Trump administration was hoping to implement new standards for Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, which would considerably lower the mileage requirements set under President Barack Obama. Ford has defended its decision to back the California agreement, stating, “This agreement with California provides regulatory stability while reducing CO2 more than complying with two different standards.”

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