Following the patent filing for the Mach E and Mach-E monikers in December 2018, Ford has taken a step further by trademarking the Mustang Mach-E name, suggesting that an electrified Mustang is in the works.

The trademark applications were done on two separate occasions, first on March 29 at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and again on April 1 with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Both applications are to protect the name for “motor vehicles, namely electric vehicles, passenger automobiles, trucks, sport utility vehicles, off-road vehicles, and structural parts, fittings, and badges.”

At the same time in Europe, Ford also trademarked a unique Mustang emblem (pictured above), now featuring multiple lines through the pony’s body. Could the logo and the Mustang Mach-E be related?

A Mustang Hybrid was spotted testing, presumably using the Explorer Hybrid’s powertrain

Meanwhile, reports suggest that the next-generation Mustang will be based on the CD6 platform that underpins the new Explorer. Potential powertrains include a hybrid V6, and interestingly, a hybrid V8 which has been patented by Ford. The latter uses an electric motor for the front axle, meaning the “Mustang Mach-E” could be AWD.

However, other sources indicate that Ford will axe the Mustang Hybrid in favour of an all-electric model. The Blue Oval recently announced that its Mustang-inspired electric crossover will boast an impressive driving range of 600 km and feature fast charging. Makes sense to have an electric Mustang, then.

To recap, Ford has big plans for the future, and is readying no less than a dozen new electrified models that are due by 2020. Before the decade’s end, more than 40% of its nameplates globally will benefit from some form of electrification as well. Thoughts, folks?

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