Ford gre "vse v" o električnih avtomobilih S $ 11 milijard naložb

"Edino vprašanje je, bodo kupci tam z nami, in mislimo, da bo."

Ford Motor Co bo več kot podvojila porabo na elektrificiranih vozil, dopolnjevanjem svojo naložbo v segmentu, da je avto industrija vidi vse večje od tistega, kar je danes le del trga.

Proizvajalec avtomobilov bo lupini iz 11 milijard $ prinaša 40 elektrificiranih vozil na trgu do leta 2022, Jim Farley, predsednik globalnih trgih, je dejal med predstavitvijo v Detroit auto show. To je odvisno od 4,5 milijarde $, da Ford je dejal, konec leta 2015, da bi vlagali do konca desetletja.

“This $11 billion you’re seeing, that means we’re all in now,” Executive Chairman Bill Ford told reporters in Detroit. “The only question is will the customers be there with us and we think they will.”

After electric-vehicle darling Tesla Inc. surpassed Ford in market value last year, the second-largest U.S. automaker replaced then-Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields. His replacement Jim Hackett has vowed to cut costs and drop some car models from the lineup to refocus the company’s future on sport utility vehicles, trucks and electrification.

With battery costs declining rapidly and regulators around the globe cracking down on the internal combustion engine, automakers have been rushing to step up their game with regards to all-electric models. While the segment comprises less that 1% of annual deliveries in the U.S., global demand is expected to rise as governments phase out gasoline and diesel engines and batteries reach price parity with traditional powertrains.

Tougher Standards

Ford expects fuel economy and pollution standards to get tougher, “and rightfully so,” said Raj Nair, head of Ford’s North American operations.

“We believe man-made CO2 is contributing to climate change and we’ve got our part to play,” he said.

Of the 40 electrified models planned, 16 will be battery-only vehicles. The company identified just one model by name coming in 2020, called the Mach 1, that will be a performance battery-electric SUV.

“The real news for me is not just the doubling of investment, it’s where we’re playing,” Farley told reporters. “We’re starting to telegraph where we’re going to play in electrified business around the world, and that is to electrify iconic nameplates, and it’s going to be higher transaction-price vehicles.”