The All-New Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid SUV: The Complete Guide

Ford Kuga plug in hybrid electric car

Overview


Michigan based, Ford Motor Company, the US automotive manufacturer, stepped firmly into the fast evolving electric vehicle (EV) race with the unveiling of its ‘new breed of Mustang’, the all-electric Mustang Mach-e sport utility vehicle (SUV), ahead of the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Though Ford had commenced work on an electric vehicle model a few years ago, CEO James Hackett ‘pulled the plug’ and sent everyone back to the drawing board. Early indications suggest that the strategy to start afresh on creating a more compelling plug-in electric vehicle (EV) may have worked for Ford. The Mustang Mach-e is part of the US$11.5 billion Ford investment into electrification by 2022.  The company aims to become a leader in clean transportation and become carbon-neutral by 2030. 

Ford is hoping to leverage the iconic status of the ‘Mustang’ marque to make up for its late entry into the battery-electric vehicle (BEV) sector.  Competitors from both, the traditional automotive sector and new entrants are already well ahead in the race. Munich based Volkswagen Group and California based Tesla Inc, are two such examples, well on their way to market domination in the zero-emission race.  The electric vehicles (EVS) offered by Ford include:



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The Ford Kuga PHEV SUV


The Ford Kuga compact SUV has been manufactured by Ford since 2008. The internal combustion engine (ICE) variant is available as both all all-wheel drive (AWD) and front-wheel drive (FWD). The plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) Kuga variant is only available as a front-wheel drive (FWD). The Kuga is currently on its third generation, which was introduced in early 2019 and went on sale late 2019, to include the Kuga plug-in electric SUV.

PHEVs are perfect for individuals and families:

  • Keen to take a step towards lower emission and environment-friendly driving
  • Need a vehicle for extensive and regular long-distance travelling
  • Have limited access to private or public EV charging stations
  • Do a number of short commutes (30 miles and below) on a regular basis
  • Keen to save money

It is a widely known fact, in that, the average distance of a trip in the UK is a mere 12 miles. An average vehicle in the UK will travel between 8k and 10k miles per annum i.e. less than 30 miles per day. The newest eco-friendly PHEVs on the market will average between 20 to 30 zero-emission electric miles on a fully-charged EV battery. In most plug-in electric cars the EV battery will be below 15 kWh in capacity.

The Ford plug-in electric SUV has a 14.4 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 35 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 30 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The Ford plug-in electric SUV is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode.

Ford Kuga plug in hybrid electric car
The All-Electric Ford Kuga PHEV SUV (credit: Ford)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not available
Engine:Petrol-Electric (2.5-litre plug-in hybrid)
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (4 Options)
Zetec (from £26,445)
Titanium Edition (from £28,345)
ST-Line Edition/ X Edition (from £30,145)
Vignale (from £32,880)

PROSCONS
An affordable PHEV SUVNot as stylish or iconic as the Mach-e electric SUV
Cheap to drive on electric modeInterior cabin quality has room for improvement
Practical and spaciousAverage infotainment system

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery sizes (14.4 kWh)
Charging:On board charger: 3.7 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:32g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1675
Width (mm):1883
Length (mm):4614
Wheelbase (mm):2710

2.5L Plug-In Hybrid
EV Battery Capacity:14.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):35 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):15.8
Fuel Consumption (mpg):201.8
Charging:On board charger: 3.7kW AC
Top Speed:124 mph
0-62 mph:9.2 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):225
Torque (Nm):N/A
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,844
Colours:7

Ford Kuga plug in hybrid electric car
The All-Electric Ford Kuga PHEV SUV (credit: Ford)

Ford Kuga plug in hybrid electric car
The All-Electric Ford Kuga PHEV SUV (credit: Ford)

Ford Kuga plug in hybrid electric car
The All-Electric Ford Kuga PHEV SUV (credit: Ford)

Ford Kuga plug in hybrid electric car
The All-Electric Ford Kuga PHEV SUV (credit: Ford)

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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