Lincoln is a car company that has a history of being backwards-looking rather than futuristic. They make sedans that are almost as big and heavy as trucks. Whether it’s a personality-less, futuristic black glass sedan or a big truck-ish vehicle, Lincoln is not a brand that is doing anything more than adding to the pile of wasteful gas guzzlers. Until now, that is. Lincoln has announced that its upcoming 2021 model will be an all-electric vehicle. They are also planning to phase out their internal combustion engine lineup by 2020.
Every year, the automotive industry gets a little bit smarter about what cars can do. This year, Lincoln gets a little bit smarter by announcing its first limited-edition SUV—the all-electric, all-electronic, fully self-driving, all-luxury, all-enviro-friendly Lincoln MKZ. Why is it so smart? Because the last thing we need is more gas guzzling vehicles strangling the planet—and being that Lincoln is a luxury brand, any car it builds will have to be extremely well-made to be worth its price.
Today, Lincoln announced that it will make all of its future vehicles–not just the MKZ–electric vehicles by 2023 . The brand joins a growing number of companies, including Porsche, Tesla, and Volkswagen, in committing to go all-electric.
In recent months, more and more car brands have announced their intention to switch to pure electric vehicles. The companies currently offering electric cars are Caterham and Ferrari. Now another member has joined these ranks: Lincoln. And judging by the brand’s recent announcement, the Lincoln EV is just around the corner.
2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring Plug-in Hybrid
So far, Lincoln’s attempts at electrification have been limited to plug-in hybrid versions of the Aviator and the Corsair. However, the Lincoln EV has been in development for some time and builds on previous collaborations with Rivian. Although this partnership eventually ended, Lincoln reiterated at the time that it would not give up on EVs.
These previous statements remain valid. Lincoln announced in a recent press release that it plans to have a range of all-electric models by 2030. By then, the brand expects half of its global sales to come from zero-emission vehicles. It’s all part of Ford Motor Company’s $30 billion investment in electrification.
This electrification could soon bring rewarding benefits. Although the company does not use the Rivian platform, Lincoln already has four battery-powered cars in development. And one of them could be nearby.
2021 Lincoln Zephyr Reflection Concept | Lincoln
The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln brand. And unless plans change drastically, Lincoln’s first EV will make its public debut.
At the moment, we don’t have any confirmed details on what kind of electric car it will be. What we do know is that it will be built on Ford’s new modular platform for rear- and all-wheel-drive electric vehicles. Note that this is not the same platform the Mustang Mach-E runs on, according to MotorTrend. In fact, Lincoln’s EVs will not share platforms with other Ford products.
Interior sketch of the Lincoln EV with panoramic glass roof | Lincoln
But while the exact nature of the future Lincoln PA is unknown, we already know what it might look like. First unveiled at the 2021 Shanghai Motor Show, the Zephyr Reflection concept was intended to anticipate Lincoln’s future design language. And the roadshow confirmed to Lincoln representatives that the concept gives the clearest indication of what the new BEV will look like inside and out. This probably includes the concept’s panoramic glass roof.
But while the Zephyr Reflection concept is a sedan, Roadshow and MT expect the next electric Lincoln to be an SUV or crossover. Judging by the teaser video released by Lincoln, the 2022 EV will indeed bear some visual resemblance to the concept car. The most striking feature is the light bar at the front.
Inspiration. Our first fully electric car will make its debut next year and will pave the way for the addition of new connected features and the electrification of our global product range by the end of the decade. Read more about our commitment to electrification: https://t.co/hsOkfVqZ9B pic.twitter.com/5KoJBHjXEG
– Lincoln (@LincolnMotorCo) 16. June 2021
The Lincoln EV announcement isn’t just about cars, though. One of the main barriers to owning an electric car is reliable access to charging points. And to achieve that, Lincoln is partnering with several charging companies, including Electrify America, to build out its charging network. Once launched, Lincoln owners can view the locations through the Lincoln Way mobile app.
Ford’s $30 billion investment also helps transform Lincoln’s dealerships and technology, reports The Drive. The brand will invest more in online sales and redesign its existing stores. In addition, Lincoln vehicles get a version of Ford’s BlueCruise driver assistance package called ActiveGlide.
Lincoln’s EV plan is therefore very comprehensive. It now remains to be seen to what extent it sticks to this plan.
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