Ford To Introduce 200-Mile Electric Vehicle
Ford aims to launch 200-mile electric car to dominate the EV industry.
Now Ford is interested to be in the $35,000 electric car business with 200-mile range. CEO Mark Fields said it would launch a long-range EV that would compete with announced vehicles from Tesla Motors and General Motors that runs at least 200 miles on a single charge and cost around $35,000 prior to paying for options. It will probably be called the Model E. Meanwhile, the automaker will add to its current Focus Electric range by 24 miles to 100 miles from 76 miles.
Mark remarked while addressing a conference call with reporters and analysts on May 28, 2016. He didn’t specify a time for introducing the Model 3. For being competitive, it must happen in the upcoming two to three years to avoid becoming a late entrant following the Tesla Model 3, longer-range Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt. In December, the American automaker announced its plans to add to its business portfolio by 13 electric automobiles, plug-in hybrids and by hybrids by 2020. Presently it has two hybrids, the C-Max and Fusion; two plug-in hybrid vehicles, Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi and one electric vehicle, the Focus Electric (above).
They offer Fusion Hybrid at a price of $26,000 and C-Max Energi at a price of $26,000. There’s also a Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offered at a base price of $35,000 and Fusion Hybrid Lincoln version. This fall, the Focus electric vehicle will have its range extended to 100 miles from 76 miles. That would reflect upon the growing capacity of smarter control hardware and batteries. Asked during the conference call if the automaker planned an electric vehicle with a range of 200 miles, Mark responded by stating that the company aimed to be “among the leaders or in a leadership position… clearly that’s something we’re developing for.”
Some reports state manufacturing would start in 2019 in the just — announced new facility of Ford in Mexico — the one Donald Trump referred to as a “disgrace” because the job opportunities would be inside the North American region not manufactured in the US. There are already over a 12 vehicle maker plants in Mexico and Canada supplying the American market, whereas at that same moment some facilities in the American export to the other parts of the globe.
The largest exporter from the United States is in fact a foreign carmaker BMW, which in 2016 might export over 315,000 automobiles that cost $11 billion from its plant in South Carolina. Shoppers feel more at ease with an electrically powered vehicle that runs 200 miles on one charge as it opens up the vehicle to weekday commuting and weekend travel.