Yeah, I'm sure all those companies at quaking in fear of the potential dozens of Ford compliance cars that could flood the Southern California market.Ford is preparing an eco-friendly hatchback aimed right at the Toyota Prius, the Chevrolet Volt, and the Hyundai Ioniq, a new report finds.
There's an "Elon Musk is one the phone for you" joke in there somewhere. Seriously, Model E? Have you seen the Model 3 logo?The car will be called Model E, a name trademarked by the Blue Oval in December of 2013. It will take the form of a compact that will be offered as a hybrid, as a plug-in hybrid, and as an all-electric model. Consequently, it will replace the hybrid and plug-in variants of the C-Max, and the Focus electric.
And thanks for building your Model E in Mexico.The Ford Model E will likely be unveiled at a major auto show in 2018, and it will go on sale shortly after as a 2019 model. Industry trade journal Automotive News believes that production will take place in a new $1.6 billion factory that Ford plans to build in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The next-generation Focus will also be built there.
So, in the end, while I hope Ford is truly entering the market with a mass produced and distributed electric car, excuse me for withholding my enthusiasm until it actually exists and populates the showrooms of Ford dealers everywhere.