In 2011 Ford and Toyota announced plans to partner on a new hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs, but after completing a feasibility study on the partnership, the two automakers have decided to part ways. Although Ford and Toyota have decided to end their partnership after the research and development phase, both automakers are on track to release their own hybrid powertrains.
Ford plans to bring its hybrid powertrain for light trucks to market by the end of the decade, but Toyota hasn’t released any official details. Since Ford and Toyota announced their partnership in 2011, Ford has made great strides in the hybrid segment. The automaker has six electrified Ford and Lincoln vehicles on sale in the U.S. and it is on track to triple its electric vehicle production by the end of this year, compared with 2011. In the second-quarter of this year, Ford’s hybrid sales were up 517 percent over last year and up 15 percent over the first-quarter of 2013.
Toyota still dominates the hybrid segment with its Prius lineup, and in the first half of 2013 Toyota accounted for about two-thirds of the U.S. hybrid segment. Toyota remains on track to offer 18 new or redesigned hybrid models globally by the end of 2015.
Toyota and Ford continue to evaluate the feasibility of working together on next-generation standards for telematics, and they will consider other areas for future collaboration as well.