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Is Ford Preparing a Response To The Chevrolet Bolt?

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On: Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 9:38AM | By: Carl Malek

Is Ford Preparing a Response To The Chevrolet Bolt?

Following the recent unveiling of the Chevrolet Bolt EV concept car, as well as persistent rumors surrounding the upcoming Tesla Model 3, a new report appears to suggest that Ford is preparing a vehicle of its own to respond to these two key rivals and could possibly unveil the fruits of its effort at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in late November.

This mystery model would follow the mantra already established by the Bolt and the Model 3 and be primarily aimed at mainstream customers which may be lured by its proposed 200-mile driving range according to multiple inside sources in remarks to Autoguide. Currently the company offers the Ford Focus all-electric vehicle, but with a rather modest 76-mile driving range, it falls short of being a Bolt competitior and, instead, is more of a rival to other short-ranged EVs such as the Nissan Leaf and the Volkswagen e-Golf. However, instead of upgrading the Focus EV with a bigger battery in an attempt to milk even more range out of its aerodynamically honed lines, the sources have revealed that Ford will be developing an entirely new long-range EV model from square one, building a new platform and design for the mystery model,

So far only Chevrolet has released a launch date for its long-range EV, hinting at a 2017 launch date for the Bolt. However, look for all three companies to hold their fire until there is more of a downward slide in battery prices. That would allow them to make more of a profit on an EV with longer range with a higher price tag possibly approaching $40,000. Tesla appears to be trying to accelerate this downward slump with its upcoming Gigafactory plant while GM is exploring other battery technologies to help power the Bolt ahead of the competition. As for Ford's alleged "Bolt Killer", look for the model to possibly debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show as a concept vehicle, a move that was pulled by the Chevrolet Bolt when it debuted in concept form at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January.



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