Ford Isn't Chasing Tesla With a 200-Mile Electric Car

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Ford isn’t working to build a Tesla Model 3 competitor, at least not in the near future.

Speaking with Automotive News, Kevin Layden, Ford’s director of electrification programs and engineering, said that the brand’s upcoming 2017 Focus Electric, which will have 100 miles of range, should be enough to satisfy most consumers. Keeping the car’s range at 100 miles also allows Ford to use smaller batteries, keeping weight and cost at a minimum according to Layden.

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Tesla has promised its Model 3 will have at least 215 miles of range, while the Chevrolet Bolt, which arrives this fall, will be able to drive up to 200 miles on a single charge. The next-generation Nissan Leaf is also targeting a 200-mile range.

In late 2015, Ford announced a $4.5 billion investment into electrification, saying that about 40 percent of its entire lineup will have an electric propulsion element by 2020. The investment includes fully electric cars, though Ford says that it see the most growth coming from plug-ins.

[Source: Automotive News]

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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  • John Jaeger John Jaeger on Apr 18, 2016

    My olde timey gas powered car goes 550 miles without stopping.

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    • Mike Mike on Apr 18, 2016

      Yeah but it doesn't even drive itself on the highway.... You should sell that relic or put it in a museum. I mean you don't see me out driving my horse to the mall....

  • Justin Justin on Apr 18, 2016

    I can't wait to plug my Focus or Bolt into a Ford or GM supercharger station! Lol can't wait for my Tesla to get here in 2018.

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