In a phone interview with Automotive News, Ford’s head honcho was asked about the intention of building and selling a battery-electric vehicle with a 200-mile range (320 km).
The oddly specific question was on point, as Mr. Fields confirmed that they indeed want “to be among the leaders or in a leadership position” when it comes to electric cars. He also stated that the 200-mile range electric vehicle called Model E is “something we are developing for.”
The interview marks the first official confirmation from a Ford Motor Company representative regarding a future electric vehicle. Curiously, the same company announced last week that they would not launch a long-range electric vehicle anytime soon, as they believed the resulting car would be too cumbersome due to the limitations of current battery technology.
The presumed Model E is expected to be launched on the US market in 2019, so the Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla Model 3 will be able to gather an impressive share of the electric vehicle market by then. As mentioned above, Ford’s latest endeavor would come from a freshly announced factory in Mexico, which is expected to bring the most recent technologies in automotive manufacturing.
Mr. Fields did not confirm the Model E name per se, but the company does hold the trademark for it and has refused to let Tesla use it for the car that has become the Model 3. Curiously, both cars have an expected range of about 200 miles (320 km), which has been deemed the minimum requirement to “alleviate consumers’ range anxiety concerns” at this month’s SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) World Congress by several speakers.