Lincoln Motor will launch its first all-electric vehicle in 2022, followed by three more electric vehicles as part of the luxury brand’s goal to electrify its entire portfolio by the end of the decade.
The first electric vehicle will hit the market just in time for Lincoln’s 100th anniversary celebration – and nearly four years after the first reports were released that the brand aimed to electrify its lineup. Like GM’s luxury brand Cadillac, Lincoln does not have an all-electric vehicle in its lineup. But Lincoln is keen to catch up and has set an ambitious target for half of its global sales to be zero-emission vehicles by 2025. These new vehicles are part of Ford’s $ 30 billion commitment to invest. dollars in electric vehicles by 2025.
Lincoln’s announcement follows a slew of news related to electric vehicles from Ford and its competitors. On Wednesday, rival GM announced plans to invest $ 35 billion in electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles, an increase of $ 8 billion from its financial commitment made in November 2020.
The Lincoln EV was originally to be built on Rivian’s skateboard platform. However, those plans were scrapped in April 2020. The companies said at the time that they still had plans to co-develop a vehicle in the future. A Lincoln’s spokesperson confirmed those co-development plans were still intact, but did not reveal any other information.
For now, Lincoln’s electric vehicles will be based on a new dedicated EV architecture developed by Ford. The automaker announced in May on its Capital Markets Day for investors that it was developing two flexible platforms, one for small SUVs and sedans and another for large pickups. This is a different architecture used in the current Ford Mustang Mach-E and the future Ford F-150 Lightning.
The new flexible platform, which allows rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles, is expected to underpin EV versions of the Lincoln Aviator and Ford Explorer.
According to Lincoln, the automaker’s first fully electric car will join the Aviator and Corsair plug-in hybrid SUVs. Lincoln has yet to reveal the model for the new electric vehicle, but has hinted that the design could be similar to the Lincoln Zephyr Reflection concept sedan revealed at Auto Shanghai this year, specifically designed for the Chinese market. Lincoln’s electric car will be available for sale in the United States and China.
Lincoln also shared information about the interior of its new electric vehicle, attempting to make it a minimalist and expansive space with a panoramic rooftop view to create a more airy feel, befitting a ‘sanctuary’ like the automobile manufacturer refers to its vehicle. Perhaps most noteworthy is that the next electric vehicles will have a digital platform built from the Android operating system, which will allow the company to offer third-party applications and services and update the remote software.
The vehicle will also be equipped with advanced driving assistance functions, including hands-free driving on certain highways.