Recent trademark filings in Europe by Ford Motor Company are potentially revealing future hybrids the company has planned. Thanks to the fact the company leverages the Energi badge for all of its plug-in hybrid models, the trademarks suggest plug-in hybrid variants of the Explorer, Kuga and Transit are coming by 2020, reports AutoCar.
According to the report, Ford has filed trademark documents in Europe regarding the handles “Explorer Energi,” “Kuga Energi,” and “Transit Energi.” While Ford has confirmed plans for an electrified version of the Transit during a recent announcement at the company’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant, the other two have no official word attached at this time.
Although there has been no official word on an Explorer hybrid, Ford did elude to such during a recent announcement about providing hybrid police interceptors. The announcement, made at the recent New York Auto Show, focused on the Fusion hybrid. The Explorer serves as police interceptor duty for the company as well.
An all-new Explorer is slated to launch in 2018 as a 2019 model. It is plausible to assume a hybrid variant would launch with the new model at that time.
There has been no rumors of an Escape hybrid, which is sold in Europe as the Kuga.
In addition to confirming an electrified Transit, Ford has officially confirmed hybrid variants of the F-150 and Mustang by 2020. Since both vehicles are likely being engineered in North America and not Europe, their respective trademarks have yet to surface in Europe.