To go even further, it's not like Ford doesn't already built 2 different platforms in 1 Plant. Oakville already builds CD4 and D3 on the same line, granted that's coming to an end by the end of the year. Point is, it can be done.
What it boils down to is investment "experts" think this way of the future and are driving down stock prices because of that-but its still not ready for prime time.
I think we are still about 10 years out from major BEV market penetration (i.e. 40%+ of new car sales) and AV is still another 15-20 years before it makes a major impact on the market.
Until someone figures out how to make money on BEV that only costs about $35K without incentives, you won't see major penetration in the market or if gas goes stupid expensive.
Regarding B-segment CUV...
Here is what we know:
Scout is not a B-segment CUV. The leaked photo showed dimensions roughly the same as Escape. It will probably end up being more expensive than Escape because Ford said so... "premium off road capable utility".
Puma is a B-segment CUV based on prototype testing vehicle, roughly the same size as competitors. The only thing we know for sure is Ford will build it in Romania.
EcoSport replacement is under development but India is likely going its own way with a Mahindra based platform while South America's EcoSport (if it survives Hackett's attempt to sell it to someone) will probably be paired with Ka.
Here are the unknowns:
How big is the South America EcoSport now that it is free of India's 4-meter constraint
What will Ford do in China to plug the B-segment CUV hole
What else is Ford planning to build at Cuautitlan... it is capable of 250k+ volume and MACH E will probably take up 10% of that initially, and maybe 25% of that in a few years
My "Miami Side" comes out when that happens and I use the emergency lane to pass, specially on the turnpike. Not uncommon down there, but up here in Orlando i get the "WTF" look, or the blinking headlights after I go back into the lane, then its like "Oh BRAKE CHECK!" and suddenly they knock that off real quick...
watched an interview wth Hackett, he came to Ford as not a car guy but has fallen in love with F series, I believe the man has changed and now gets the enthusiasm for the brand and how heritage products need to be treated with respect (Bronco & Mustang) I think in that respect, he challenged the designers to be braver and do more with their designs especially Model E more than that's crap redo it.. he wants to see vehicles that buyers will love to buy, not just transport.