When we wrote a couple weeks ago saying electric car makers will need to step up to the new 200-mile/mid-$30,000 benchmark due by 2017, little did we know how soon Ford would reportedly show it too agrees.
According to Automobile magazine, Ford will be the fourth EV maker to offer a 200-plug-mile range EV ostensibly to compete with the planned Chevrolet Bolt.
Ford has not yet confirmed this information with any press announcement and the report says “Automobile has learned” of the pending Ford electric car.
“Scant” details are known, but implied is this will be a dedicated EV, not a breathed-on Focus EV already compromised with limited cargo storage as a converted gas-powered car.
Automobile did not state a price estimate, but if it is to be a Bolt competitor and with Tesla’s Elon Musk having said Model 3 could start a couple thousand less than an estimated $37,500 for the Bolt, one would surmise mid 30s is a safe guess.
Also uncertain is whether Ford’s new EV will be launched by 2017 reported but not confirmed for Chevrolet, but given the two automakers are long-time rivals, it’s believed the incentive is more than there.
Of course Nissan also plans to be offering a second-generation Leaf by 2017 with 200-mile range and mid-30s price tag along with Tesla and Chevrolet, so we’ll see what Ford does.
The next big auto show is at the end of this month in New York, and while that would be a great place for Ford to reveal its Bolt fighter, Automobile reports it may not be revealed until the LA auto show in November.
The notion that Ford would step up, assuming this unofficial report is verified, is not at all surprising. The American automaker has been more proactive in the hybrid space with more market share, and regularly touts its green and eco-sensible ethos at auto shows, through published reports, and more.
Chevrolet has been in the news as tasking a Tesla watch team, but Ford was also reported to have disassembled a Model S and put it all back together – a not uncommon practice, but one it has admitted to in boasting of its engineering prowess and commitment.
In other words, Ford intends not to be left behind either. What else it might do, and who else will be next – BMW anyone? – will remain to be seen regarding the new de facto benchmark of mid 30s / 200+/- mile range.