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Ford Maverick Plug-In Hybrid Is Not Happening

A plug-in hybrid variant of the hot-selling Ford Maverick is not happening for the current generation, as the carmaker considers it unnecessary.

“There’s no current need for a PHEV,” Mike Levine, Ford North American Product Communications boss, told Heatmap. The “Maverick hybrid is incredibly efficient (40 mpg city) and affordable,” Levine continued. “The EPA estimates that Maverick hybrid’s total annual fuel cost is just $1,500.”

It’s also very affordable, starting at just over $22,000.

The additional engineering and powertrain changes for a PHEV version would boost the compact truck’s price tag to a level where the business case could no longer be justified. Even the gasoline-powered Maverick’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine delivers solid fuel economy with a 20 mpg rating.

Technically, a PHEV Maverick is possible because it shares a platform (codenamed C2) with the Escape Hybrid, which has a plug-in trim currently on sale.

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