Ford allegedly has plans to debut an all-electric model with over 200 miles of range later this year, according to a new report from Automobile Magazine. Very little is known about the new EV, however if/when it arrives, it is said to have the production version of the Chevrolet Bolt concept set directly in its crosshairs.
It’s unclear if the rumored Ford EV will arrive in 2017, the same year Chevy is set to bring the Bolt to market for around $30,000, though it seems like a strong possibility. Chevrolet and Ford aren’t the only automakers looking to introduce an affordable everyday EV, either, with Tesla also planning to offer a sub-$40,000 sedan eventually.
Automobile says the Ford EV likely won’t be ready in time for the approaching New York International Auto Show, but will rather be shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. To us, it’s unsurprising Ford may have decided to entry the electric vehicle fray, as it wouldn’t be a sound business decision to let Chevy and Tesla get the early jump in EV development.
The official word from Ford is that the rumors of a 200-mile EV aren’t true. In an official statement, the automaker said they “do not comment on speculation but can confirm these reports are not accurate.” Does this mean Chevy and Tesla will be the only domestic automakers battling it out over electric vehicle supremacy in North America? Unless Ford is simply being coy for competitive reasons, it sure seems that way.