Ford CEO: Tesla-Like Long-Range Electric Car Is “Consistent With Our Product Philosophy”
Ford CEO Mark Fields says that a full-size, high performance electric car with long range like the Tesla Model S is “consistent with our product philosophy.”
Is Fields suggesting that Ford aims to take on Tesla with a Model S-competing vehicle? While Ford could certainly make a Model S competitor, it seems unlikely that the Deraborn-based automaker would challenge Tesla anytime soon.
Per USA Today:
“Ford said it has no plan to emulate the Tesla Model S — a big, four-door hatchback sedan. But a larger vehicle of some kind, with greater range and better performance than the Focus electric, would fit Ford’s lineup and its emphasis on technology, the automaker said.”
Fields adds that Ford has the engineering and manufacturing expertise (as do all major automakers) to make a Model S clone, but instead the automaker will instead look to perhaps do a long-range BEV Fusion or maybe a Taurus.
Actually, it’s unclear what Fields is hinting at aside from what he stated larger vehicle of some kind, with greater range and better performance than the Focus electric. Maybe a SUV? A truck? Who knows…At least Ford is thinking of giving us what we want: a long-range electric that’s larger than most of today’s compact and subcompact electric cars.
Source: USA Today