Ford has already confirmed plans to introduce a Mustang Hybrid, but it hasn’t provided any clues to what will power it. Now we may have a clue thanks to a new patent application that Ford filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
AutoGuide discovered the patent application that dates back to July 2017, but for some reason it was only published this week. The patent application describes a “twin motor drive system for hybrid vehicle,” which features a longitudinally mounted engine that powers the rear wheels. The powertrain also features two electric motors that powers the front wheels.
“The first electric motor is coupled to a first reduction gearbox to drive a first front wheel of the vehicle, and the second electric motor is coupled to a second reduction gearbox to drive a second front wheel of the vehicle.”
The sketch with the patent shows a V8 engine with the hybrid components, which hints that if this hybrid system will be used by the Mustang Hybrid, it could use a V8. With two electric motors powering the front wheels, the Mustang Hybrid would also feature all-wheel drive.
We’ll have to wait and see if this patent is actually for the Mustang Hybrid, which should arrive in 2020. For now Ford has only said that that the 2021 Mustang Hybrid will have “V8 levels of power and even more torque.”