Nearly every major automaker has concluded the future is electric. That includes General Motors and cross-town rival Ford.
Ford Authority broke down what we know about Ford’s future electrification plans, and we decided to compare the intel with what GM Authority knows will be coming from GM itself.
Foremost, the basics. GM has said it will bring 20 new battery-electric cars to market by 2023. Battery-electric also means purely electric. The word “electrified” is not the same—the word can apply to mild hybrids, hybrids and plug-in hybrids.
On the hybrid front, Ford has confirmed the Mustang, F-150, and two police pursuit vehicles will gain hybrid options. Off the bat, the strategy is a contrast from GM, which has leaned on the side of all-electric announcements. GM hasn’t dished out many details on future gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles.
The same can be said for plug-in hybrids. Ford will more than likely apply such a system to the Escape, Explorer, Transit, and even the Bronco. Again, GM hasn’t said much in the way of new plug-in vehicles. Right now, the 2018 Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac CT6 PHEV remain its two plug-in offerings.
Where GM has a lead is in battery-electric vehicles. The 20 new electric cars have been detailed vaguely, but they each fit a certain segment, according to an electric-car flowchart released last year. Ford also has a slew of EVs coming, 16 of them to be exact, by 2022. If we’re simply weighing numbers, GM has Ford outgunned on future product.
One of GM’s electric cars could be a performance-oriented Chevrolet electric crossover, per the brand’s dealer meeting this year. Such a car may do battle with Ford’s own battery-electric performance vehicle, which was once to be named “Mach 1.”
In the here and now, GM has Ford cornered. Ford has yet to introduce a Volt-rivaling plug-in hybrid, and Chevrolet continues to promote the 2018 Bolt EV, which provides an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range. Though Ford could one-up the Bolt EV in the future with a rumored “Model E,” GM is taking the Bolt EV knowledge and applying it to future electric cars.