Ford’s CEO, Mark Fields, told Wall Street financial analysts Friday that the company had the product development staff and engineering ability to build an electric car like a Tesla.
While he didn’t say the company would do so, he did say that such a car would be “very consistent with our product strategy”.
On top of that, behind-the-scenes efforts by Ford engineers to boost the power delivered by future generations of quick-charging stations may indicate that plans are more advanced than Ford is letting on.
Puzzling CCS power push
A long-range Ford electric vehicle–in perhaps three to five years–would require a robust network of DC quick-charging stations.
Chevrolet Spark EV at CCS fast charging station in San Diego.
Those sites would perform the same function as the fast-expanding Tesla Supercharger network: recharge a large battery pack to 80 percent of its capacity in 20 to 30 minutes, making long-distance trips possible.
It appears that Ford,