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Ford Motor Company, commonly known as Ford, is an American multinational automaker that has its main headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

Ford doesn’t believe low fuel prices will annihilate the electric car segment, claiming motorists buy EVs because they’re great

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Bengt Halvorson / Green Car Reports »

Ford’s global director of electrification, Mark Kaufman »

“Ford’s perspective is in order to meet that demand, you’ve got to really come up with a compelling reason for the customers to buy—so exciting products, great capability, new functionality that you can’t quite get with a conventionally powered vehicle for us are all ways that we can help manage that transition to the end of the decade.”

And that’s why Ford doesn’t see the success of its EVs like Mach-E as being tethered to the price of gas, he said.

“We think…people are buying them because they’re great products first and maybe that cost of ownership on some products, like the commercial van, might be a little bit more of a consideration,” he said. “If you were only relying on cost of ownership as your main reason for purchase, this (very low gas prices) could be quite disruptive.”

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BYD will supply EV batteries to Ford

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Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD Co Ltd will supply EV batteries to U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co, a document on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology showed on Monday.

Ford’s China venture with Changan Automobile is seeking government approval to build a plug-in hybrid model equipped with BYD’s batteries, according to the document.

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Volkswagen’s supervisory board has approved several projects in a multibillion-dollar alliance with Ford that was first announced July 2019

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Among the shared projects specified by VW are a midsize pickup to be developed by Ford; a city delivery van to be developed by VW; a larger commercial van to be developed by Ford, and a new electric vehicle for Ford of Europe, to be built on VW’s electric vehicle architecture.

Delivery of the new all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E will be delayed in Europe

AutoWeek (Dutch) is reporting the new all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E will now not arrive in the Netherlands before sometime in 2021. Delays are related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

I anticipate this to be true in other markets as well.

Related » May 18, 2020 » The Detroit Bureau » Ford Delays Production of New Mach-E, Bronco by Two Months

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The upcoming Ford Mustang Mach-E will be able to add 61 miles of range in approximately 10 minutes at an Electrify America DC fast charging station

Ford News Release »

  • Latest testing shows Ford Mustang Mach-E charge time has improved by approximately 30 percent from early estimates, adding an estimated average of 61 miles of range in 10 minutes using Electrify America’s DC fast charging station with extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive
  • To make charging even more convenient and easier to access, FordPass Charging Network is expanding by 1,000 more charging stations and 5,000 more charge plugs for more than 13,500 stations and almost 40,000 plugs, ensuring it remains North America’s largest electric vehicle public charging network

Autocar »

The wireless software tweaks can be made anywhere and are said to be ‘virtually invisible’ to Mach-E owners, taking less than two minutes in some cases. Complex updates that require more downtime can be scheduled for a convenient time, such as the middle of the night.

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VW and Ford are forging ahead with plans to team up on electric vehicles even as the coronavirus derails other projects

Christoph Rauwald and Keith Naughton / Bloomberg »

The deal is expected to close by the end of next month, with both sides recognizing a need to share the large investments needed to develop battery-powered and autonomous cars, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the negotiations are private…

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The €78,000 Ford Explorer Plug-In Hybrid went on sale in Europe in 2019, but is only now beginning to arrive in local dealerships

The 2020 Ford Explorer PHEV starts at €78,000 (~US$82,000), about the same as a BMW X5 PHEV In Germany.

2020 Ford Explorer PHEV

2020 Ford Explorer PHEV

Dan Mihalascu / Carscoops »

Compared to the specifications released more than a year ago, the automaker has operated some changes which are mostly related to the powertrain. The Explorer Plug-In Hybrid combines a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 petrol engine with an electric motor, a generator and 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery.

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Ford’s Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV will receive over-the-air (OTA) software updates

Customers will not need to make an appointment and wait at the dealership for updates. Owners will also be able to schedule the OTA updates to minimize downtime. Ford will be able to offer and add new features OTA.

Bengt Halvorson / Green Car Reports

When it arrives late this year, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV will be one of the first mass-produced vehicles on the market to offer over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates from the start…

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Ford plans contactless test drives for Mustang Mach-E to convert as many reservations as possible to tangible orders

Hopefully this will be a trend post pandemic.

Bradley Berman / Electrek »

Mark Kaufman, the vehicle’s global director of marketing distribution, told Electrek that test drives will be critical for a successful launch of Ford’s electric crossover. Therefore, the company is beginning to plan how to get prospective buyers behind the wheel, even if pandemic-related physical distancing orders are still in place.

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