Ford Can Design Tesla-Like Electric Car, CEO Says; Does Higher-Power Charging Push Mean It May?

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,

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