Ford will be getting into the long-range electric vehicle market after all.
Just days after a Ford executive said an electric vehicle with a 100-mile range was sufficient, CEO Mark Fields told analysts on a conference call Thursday that Ford wold build a vehicle that has a range of double that.
“We want to make sure that we’re either among the leaders or in a leadership position. When you look at some of the competitors and what they’ve announced, clearly, that’s something we’re developing for,” Fields said.
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However, he did not say when that vehicle would enter production.
It would go head to head with Tesla and a model from another of the North American Big Three, the Chevrolet Bolt. The Bolt has an estimated range of 200 miles (322 kilometres) and the next generation of the Nissan Leaf will also reportedly have that range. The Tesla Model 3 is estimated to go 346 km (215 miles) between charges.
There will be an upgraded Focus Electric coming this fall with a 160 km range, up from the 122 km limit on current models. Earlier this year, Ford announced plans to add 13 electric cars and hybrids to its lineup by 2020.