Ford will introduce a number of new technologies for the 2021 model year including the option of installing an advanced fuel-saving system that will help the automaker achieve fuel efficiency goals set in the 2030-21 program.
The automaker said it will start using fuel-cell technology for a variety of models in the 2019 model year, including the new Fusion Hybrid and the Ford Focus, in order to achieve the 2020 and 2021 program goals.
Ford will offer its fuel-sipping electric and plug-in hybrid models in 2019, as well as a new generation of the F-150 pickup and its smaller Expedition SUV, the Ford Expedition Sport.
The company said it has begun using the technology on the Focus and Expedition Sport in a test in 2018, and expects to roll it out to all of its models in 2021.
Ford’s announcement comes as automakers are exploring fuel-efficient options for their vehicles.
Volkswagen has said it is exploring an option to make its diesel vehicles and some hybrids lighter to improve fuel economy.
And Tesla is exploring how to make batteries more energy-efficient, as it seeks to cut emissions from its vehicles.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has said fuel economy standards will need to be revised to make the cars and trucks more fuel- and emissions-efficient by 2030.
Ford said the new fuel-capable vehicle (FCV) and plug and play hybrid systems will be introduced by 2021 in a variety a models including the Fusion Hybrid, the FWD Fusion, the Expedition Sport and the Expedition Hybrid.
The F-Series Fusion, with a top speed of about 190 mph, is the only Ford FCV currently in production.
The Focus has a top performance rating of 85 mpg in a city-combined rating.
The Fusion Hybrid is the most fuel-effective of the four models.
The Expedition Sport has a combined top speed rating of 86 mpg.
The Ford Expedition Hybrid has a combination top speed and combined fuel economy rating of 94 mpg combined.
Ford has said the fuel-efficiency gains for all models will be achieved through a combination of a fuel-spill prevention system, energy-saving features and improved aerodynamics.
The goal is to achieve more than 35 mpg on average by 2025, up from 25 mpg today, Ford said.
The Fuel Economy Standards for 2025 also require all Ford vehicles to be equipped with advanced technologies that allow them to make more efficient use of energy and reduce the amount of fuel they use.
The program is designed to help automakers meet 2025 emissions goals.
“By 2030, Ford will continue to make all of our vehicles better fuel-consumers and fuel-insurers can trust,” Ford said in a statement.
The announcement comes two weeks after Ford announced a new hybrid sedan, the Fusion.
The vehicle, with its hybrid powertrain, is set to debut at the New York Auto Show next month.
It is the first Ford vehicle to be sold in the United States with a hybrid powertrains, which are electric vehicles powered by a battery pack.
The new Fusion, which is powered by an electric motor, has a starting price of $69,995, and the car is expected to debut next year.