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Ford CEO is replaced on grounds Ford falling behind on autonomous (electric) vehicles

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Last Friday the Board of Ford Motors replaced Mark Fields, the CEO of Ford. The complaint seems to have been that Ford is falling behind on autonomous vehicles, which, because you need a lot of power for the autonomous electronics, also means electric vehicles. Fields was replaced by the previous head of autonomous vehicles, suggesting the putative reason for the dismissal was the actual reason.

Though very knowledgeable, Fields was out front in the effort to get the Trump Administration to roll back the CAFE standards, and he was not exactly a supporter of electric vehicles. So really not terribly forward thinking. (I simply don't understand why the car companies are so hot to alienate their future customers by blocking climate change mitigation measures. Seems insane.)

For electric vehicles this is probably a big win since not only will Ford be more focused on electrics, that focus and the shakeup at Ford may send a message to other companies.
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Their stock got beat by Tesla, nothing more...

The funny thing is they still have the best selling model, the F150, are making it into a Hybrid along with Mustang and the first legacy automaker to release an OTA update...They also said they're making a 300 mile SUV EV...All and all, not a terrible pipeline...
When the market stops growing, people wake up and start paying attention. Ford's sales in China in 2017Q1 were also 21% down compared to 2016Q1.
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