Right now, the Ford Mustang is available with a variety of engines that include a turbocharged four-cylinder, naturally aspirated V8s and a supercharged V8. The Mustang’s powertrain lineup will look a lot different by end of the decade, though, with the Pony Car rumored to go fully electric by as early as 2028.
According to Autoline, the Ford Mustang will only offer battery-electric powertrains from December 2028 onward. That means the 2029 model year Ford Mustang will be purely a battery-electric product with no internal combustion engine option. Autoline’s report also indicates the current S550 Mustang will live on until the battery-electric version enters production in late 2028.
The arrival of a battery-electric Ford Mustang seems inevitable, but this rumor contrasts with intel that was fed to our sister site, Ford Authority. We hear a seventh-generation Mustang with internal combustion engine offerings is currently in the works under the S650 codename and will go on sale in 2022 as a 2023 model year product. The S650-generation Mustang will tap the Ford CD6 platform that currently serves in the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs and will also be available with a hybrid powertrain. Our intel also suggests the new S650-generation Mustang would have an eight-year life cycle, which would take the nameplate to the 2029 model year – just in time for the pure battery-electric model to arrive.
While Ford is said to be considering an electric Mustang, General Motors has already experimented with a battery-electric Camaro offering. Back in 2019, it unveiled the one-off eCOPO Camaro, a battery-electric drag car powered by a pair of BorgWarner electric motors, a race-prepped Turbo 400 automatic transmission and a custom battery pack that used Chevy Bolt EV cells. While the 700 horsepower drag car was built for show and demonstration purposes only, it served as an indication that Chevy could be open to producing a high-performance electric Camaro one day in the future.
With certain U.S. states and the Canadian province of Quebec already outlining plans to ban the sale of new ICE cars by 2035, there will likely be a time when American pony cars like the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro will have to resort to battery-electric powertrains – the only question is how soon this transition will happen.