Is this the Official Mustang Hybrid Badge?
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.
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.
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