Is this the Official Mustang Hybrid Badge?

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Ford just filed to trademark the name ‘Mustang Mach-E’ and a stylized Mustang emblem. We’re getting much closer to an electric pony.

It’s no secret that Ford has been planning to produce a hybrid Mustang. In fact, it issued a press release saying it was going to do just that way back in 2017. We shared the news with you. At the time, the blue oval said the charged-up Mustang will have V8 power, better fuel economy, and more low-end torque, and come out in 2020.

According to Motor 1, it seems as if that Mustang hybrid is slowly taking shape. The site reports that Ford filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the rights to the name “Mustang Mach-E” on March 29 (we see what they did there). On April 1, Ford filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). After all, the Mustang is a world car now.

At the same time, the automaker filed for another trademark with the EUIPO which covered the grooved Mustang emblem at the top of this page. Ford Mustang Hybrid

However the Mustang hybrid ends up looking, it will likely have all-wheel drive. Back in January, the USPTO revealed Ford’s application (filed in July of 2017) to patent a dual-power hybrid system that features a front end powered by two electric motors and what appears to be a V8 engine, which would spin the rear wheels. Ford Mustang Hybrid

The idea of an all-wheel-drive Mustang with electric motors may seem sacrilegious, but at this point, it looks as though it’s also inevitable. It raises an important question, though. If that one variant of the Mustang (that you don’t have to buy if you don’t want to) is going to help the Mustang fit into Ford’s electrified future and keep the Mustang lineup as a whole alive after Ford has abandoned the production of all of its other cars, it can’t be all that bad, can it?

*Mustang badge Photo: European Union Intellectual Property Office

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum, H-D Forums, The Mustang Source, Mustang Forums, LS1Tech, HondaTech, Jaguar Forums, YotaTech, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts. Derek also started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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