The Mustang could be the first hybrid high-performance car for the masses
Ford is promising V8 power for the Mustang -- though whether that means a hybrid V8 (we can hope!) or a total output that rivals the current Mustang GT (most likely, and still good) remains to be seen. Regardless, the implication is clear: You'll be able to afford a 400+ hp hybrid car by 2020. If the first Mustang was noteworthy for bringing fun driving to young individuals straight out of college, the Mustang hybrid looks poised to do the same for ecologically friendly driving.
Hybrids are garnering an ever-increasing share of the market, and that trend is certainly going to continue. Unless someone pips Ford to production, Mustang will likely become the first true hybrid performance car for the masses when it lands in dealerships in 2020.
This could lead to hybrid vehicle ubiquity
A few years ago, the world was absolutely stunned when McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche unveiled the P1, LaFerrari, and 918 -- hypercars with astronomical performance, pricing to match, and hybrid powertrains that were developed more for exhilaration than the quality of the environment. It was a watershed moment for electrification: When hybrid drivetrains offer advantages not only to the environment, but to everyday driving situations, nearly everyone wants one, if they can afford it.
Whereas enthusiasts have resisted hybrids in the past, they've done so largely because there was zero performance gain associated with them. Consumers haven't fully bought into hybrids in the past, largely because hybrids weren't up to the task of powering vehicles as effortlessly as gasoline or diesel. But a high-performing hybrid Mustang or F-150 would represent a sea change for hybrids, no longer forcing consumers to choose between performance and what's better for the environment. If these new models are successful, you'll see almost every vehicle go that route within the decade.
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