Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said the Mustang-inspired electric crossover – due to enter production at the company’s assembly plant in Cuautitlán-Izcalli, Mexico next year – “is going to go like hell.”

The official shared his excitement about the company's first battery-electric vehicle on Monday during a luncheon in Detroit, according to a report by AutoNews (subscription required).

“When we first started talking about electrification, there was this thought that there had to be a trade-off: It was either going to be green and boring and no fun, or really exciting but burn a lot of fossil fuels,” Ford said. “Electrification has come to the point that you can do both.”

At the end of last year, Ford officials in Mexico revealed that the Cuautitlán facility will cease production of the Ford Fiesta in late August in order to begin the tooling process which will set up the plant to build the electric car whose nameplate is yet to be revealed.

The car is expected to feature a range of more than 300 miles.

MexicoNow

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