How many electric cars have Ford Motors sold? Surprisingly, the answer to this question is none or nill. Basically, Ford has sold zero electric vehicles as of this article was published.
You may be wondering how on earth can that be while Tesla has already surpassed 100K electric vehicle deliveries per quarter and cumulatively, Tesla is on its way to 1 million EVs deliveries milestone soon.
Before diving deeper into the topic of Ford’s EV sales figures, let’s take a quick look at the different types of electric vehicles.
There are a few types of EVs and they are explained below.
Conventional hybrids EVs
Conventional hybrids EVs such as the popular Toyota Prius run on both electricity and gasoline. This type of EVs consists of a gasoline engine with an electric motor and of course, a battery.
However, the conventional hybrids EVs can only be charged when the vehicles are running, using the regenerative braking concept that converts kinetic energy into electricity.
While they are idling, they can’t be plugged in and recharged.
Plugged-in hybrids EVs (PHEVs)
The plugged-in hybris EVs are similar to conventional hybrid EVs in that they run on both electricity and gasoline and have an electric motor that comes with a battery.
Unlike conventional hybrid EVS, the PHEVs can be recharged by plugging into an electric outlet when they are idling.
In addition, the PHEVs can also be recharged by using the regenerative braking concept when they are on the road.
The Chevy Volt built by General Motors is an example of a PHEV.
Battery electric vehicles (BEVs)
The BEVs are fully electric vehicles that run exclusively on electricity via onboard batteries. These types of EVs do not have a gas combustion engine. Instead, the BEVs are powered entirely by an electric powertrain which produces no emission.
BEVs can only be recharged by plugging in an electric outlet at home or at a charging station.
The Nissan LEAF and Tesla Model 3 fall into this type of EVs.
Ford’s Electric Vehicles
When it comes to Ford’s electric vehicle sales figures, the company has actually sold zero BEVs. Of course, the company has sold plenty of PHEVs and the conventional hybrids types. As mentioned, these types of EVs come with a gasoline combustion engine and they do contribute to carbon emission.
In terms of battery EVs that contribute zero carbon emission, the company has actually sold none. The reason is that the company is still working on the development and as of now, has not delivered yet an all-electric vehicle that runs entirely on batteries.
Based on the latest earnings release report in 2Q20, the closest date that Ford will deliver an all-electric vehicle will be late 2020, as shown in the following EVs development roadmap.
The following snapshot shows Ford’s EVs development roadmap:
According to the roadmap above, the Mustang Mach-E will be an all-electric vehicle that runs entirely on batteries and has an estimated range of 300 miles. Ford will start delivering the Mustang Mach-E by the end of 2020.
Other than the Mustang Mach-E, Ford is also working on a battery-electric F-150. However, the BEV version of the full-size pickup F-150 will only arrive 2 years later, which will be in 2022/2023.
As such, Ford has yet to deliver any BEVs now.
Ford’s BEVs in China
Based on the 2Q20 earnings release, Ford has actually sold some BEVs in China. However, the BEVs model in China, called the Ford Territory BEV, were jointly developed under a joint venture with Jiangling Motors Corporation.
Under the joint venture partnership, Ford does not have a controlling interest in Jiangling Motors Corporation. As such, the sales of the Territory BEV in China will not be recognized directly as revenue for Ford. Instead, the sales will be accounted for as equity income based on the percentage of interest Ford has under the joint venture.
Ford does not break down the sales of the BEVs in China in its earnings release report. However, Ford sold a total of 159,000 vehicles in China in 2Q 2020 according to the company’s release statement.
How many EVs has Ford sold?
If we account for all types of EVs, Ford did sell a considerable number of EVs especially the hybrids and plugged-in hybrids types not only in the U.S but globally.
Again, Ford did not specifically disclose and breakdown the number of EVs sold all around the world.
For example, in the U.S alone, Ford sold roughly 24,000 units of Ford Fusion in 2Q20 which included both the EVs and non-EVs models.
Similarly, Ford sold a total of 37,000 units of Ford Escape in the U.S. alone in 2Q20, and the figure included both the EVs and non-EVs models.
In summary, Ford has sold none of the BEVs yet as of August 2020 or the time this post was published. The closest date at which the company will deliver its first BEV will be late 2020 and the corresponding model will be the Mustang Mach-E.
Until then, we can only wait and I will update this article again to reflect the number of BEVs that Ford has delivered.
References and Credits
1. Financial figures in all charts and tables in this article were obtained and referenced from financial reports and vehicle sales reports available in Ford’s Financials and Filings.
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