It’s one area that has been largely ignored by mainstream automakers: plug-in crossover vehicles. Kia stepped foot into the realm with the Niro plug-in crossover, and Toyota produced the RAV4 EV for a short while, but other automakers have shied away.
As Ford buckles down after a serious executive shake-up, it looks like it will be the first U.S. automaker to roll out its own plug-in crossover. Ford Authority reports a Ford Escape PHEV, which will likely wear the “Energi” badge, has been spotted testing. It’s not a shocking move—crossover sales have exploded in recent years to outpace traditional sedan sales.
GM, meanwhile, has placed focus on diesel offerings and the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Bolt EV is the first relatively affordable electric vehicle with a livable estimated range at 238 miles. Ford is also reportedly readying its answer to the Bolt EV as well, potentially with a Model E crossover EV.
Ford has quite a bit planned on the electrification front. The F-150 and Mustang will receive hybrid variants in 2020, while the Transit will gain an Energi variant. How GM will respond remains to be seen.