Ford trademarked Model e in the past for a reason, and now things are unraveling. The automaker will be separating its electric vehicle and ICE operations. Which will be called Ford Model e and Ford Blue respectively. In the press release, Ford Executive Chair Bill Ford stated that this separation will bring together a Ford Pro unit, reimagining Ford’s future once again.
“This isn’t the first time Ford has reimagined the future and taken our own path. We have an extraordinary opportunity to lead this thrilling new era of connected and electric vehicles, give our customers the very best of Ford, and help make a real difference for the health of the planet,” Ford said. The creation of “Ford Model e,” “Ford Blue,” and “Ford Pro” was introduced last May, when Ford CEO Jim Farley introduced the Ford+ plan. Farley noted that the initiative is the company’s biggest opportunity for growth and value creation since Henry Ford figured out how to scale the production of the Model T.
“We have made tremendous progress in a short period of time. We have launched a series of hit products globally and demand for our new EVs like F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E is off the charts. But our ambition with Ford+ is to become a truly great, world-changing company again, and that requires focus.
“We are going all in, creating separate but complementary businesses that give us start-up speed and unbridled innovation in Ford Model e together with Ford Blue’s industrial know-how, volume, and iconic brands like Bronco, that start-ups can only dream about,” Farley said.
We're making great progress executing our Ford+ plan to grow and create value. Today we're taking the next step.
We're creating two distinct, but strategically interdependent business units we're calling Ford Blue & Ford Model e.
— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) March 2, 2022
Interestingly enough, the creation of the “Model e” division came following the success of small, mission-driven Ford teams that created vehicles like the Ford GT, Mustang Mach-E, and the F-150 Lightning. “Ford Model e will be Ford’s center of innovation and growth, a team of the world’s best software, electrical and automotive talent turned loose to create truly incredible electric vehicles and digital experiences for new generations of Ford customers,” Farley added.
Doug Field, who previously worked as Senior Vice President of Engineering for Tesla, will be leading the Ford “Model e” unit’s product creation program as Chief EV and Digital Systems Officer. He will also lead the development of software and embedded systems for all of Ford’s vehicles. Field expressed his excitement for the “Model e” division’s future in the following statement.