Ford EV With 200-Mile Range in the Pipeline, Ford CEO Confirms | Edmunds

Ford EV With 200-Mile Range in the Pipeline, Ford CEO Confirms

DEARBORN, Michigan — A Ford electric vehicle with a 200-mile or more range is in the works, according to Ford CEO Mark Fields.

The unnamed Ford battery-electric vehicle would target the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV and the 2018 Tesla Model 3, along with the BMW i3, Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen e-Golf.

"We want to make sure we're among the leaders or in a leadership position," Fields said when asked about plans to offer a long-range EV during the automaker's first-quarter earnings conference call on Thursday.

Fields said Ford would "absolutely" offer such a vehicle to car shoppers in the future.

"It's something we're developing for," he said.

No further details, including pricing and launch timing were announced.

Word of the new Ford EV came at the end of a long conference call in which Fields emphasized that the automaker will provide car shoppers with a full lineup to anticipate changes in customer demand in the future.

This includes the rollout of four new Ford SUVs in new segments over the next couple of years, he said.

He noted the continuing "migration" of consumers from passenger cars to SUVs and said he is still seeing "fervor for SUVs" and trucks.

Fields said when the 2017 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor pickup truck was unveiled earlier this month at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, "I had to run out of the way" as the crowd surged toward it.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers making long-range plans will want to note that a new mainstream Ford electric vehicle is coming to showrooms in the future.

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