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Aside from more and varied models to choose from (please someone build an EV-CUV) this may also kick start in a BIG way a coordinated and aggressive fast charging network.

The more the merrier. Welcome to the fight.
 

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The "announcement" was hardly more than a "we'd like to" comment with no specifics. The rest is speculation by others. I don't doubt that someday Ford will have a 200 mile BEV, but this was far from an announcement of it imminent arrival. The lack of details makes the Tm3 look like a fully specified, showroom and street ready model in comparison. :)
 

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The "announcement" was hardly more than a "we'd like to" comment with no specifics. The rest is speculation by others. I don't doubt that someday Ford will have a 200 mile BEV, but this was far from an announcement of it imminent arrival. The lack of details makes the Tm3 look like a fully specified, showroom and street ready model in comparison. :)
I was going to say... why isn't Ford taking $1,000 reservations? :p
 

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Tom, what would you call the i3 and the Bolt? I thought they were both EV-CUV's.
And the Tesla model S with 3 rows of seats might even qualify.
People seem to have some shifty definitions of CUVs, but the most common request I've seen is that a vehicle must have AWD (available, at the very least) in order to qualify as a CUV. Personally, I find the whole discussion hackneyed. I remember back when SUVs were the big thing, and when I asked someone to describe what they were talking about:
"No! It has to have four wheel drive!"
"You mean, like a truck?"
"No! It has to seat more people!"
"You mean, like a Jeep?"
"No! It has to have a hard top!"
"You mean, like a Landcruiser?"
"No! It has to have extra storage!"
"You mean, a Suburban?"
"No! It isn't that big!"
"You mean a Bronco?"
"Yes! Yes! A Bronco!"
"Why didn't you just say a Bronco?"
"Because it's an SUV!"
 

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The "announcement" was hardly more than a "we'd like to" comment with no specifics. The rest is speculation by others. I don't doubt that someday Ford will have a 200 mile BEV, but this was far from an announcement of it imminent arrival. The lack of details makes the Tm3 look like a fully specified, showroom and street ready model in comparison. :)
But the current Ford compliance car isn't selling worth crap, so they have to do something if they want to continue selling cars in California. Trying to compete with 200 mile BEVs by upgrading to 100 miles will not cut it.

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Tom, what would you call the i3 and the Bolt? I thought they were both EV-CUV's.
And the Tesla model S with 3 rows of seats might even qualify.
Should have been more exact since this is an emotional issue for some. A Equinox sized vehicle. And I don't care about the drive train. Personally I think FWD is just fine for 98% of driving needs in the lower 48.
 

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they are letting everybody else do all the r&d work while sitting on their 200,000 allotment for tax credits. when gm and tesla reach 200,000 units ford will magically have one with tax credits....
 

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they are letting everybody else do all the r&d work while sitting on their 200,000 allotment for tax credits. when gm and tesla reach 200,000 units ford will magically have one with tax credits....
I'm still expecting Congress to change the rules about the time the first companies hit 200k. Whether they'll extend the program, redefine the buckets, our kill the program entirely will depend on the Congress we have at the time, but I'll be surprised if it isn't changed at some point near there.
 

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Breaking newz:

Ford has rolled out it's pre-production BEV CUV which some are calling the MagnaTron:
MagnaFord_BEV.jpg

Following the Tesla model, this BEV was announced in 2009 and is scheduled for delivery in 2011 according to the article. :)

"Magna International, the world's most diverse auto parts supplier, announced a vehicle-development partnership with Ford Motor Company to introduce a zero-emission lithium-ion battery electric vehicle (BEV) to be delivered to market in 2011.

The electric vehicle, which Ford announced at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit as a key vehicle in their electrification strategy, will be a small car with an expected range of up to 100 miles without using a drop of gasoline and without compromising customer performance expectations. The Ford BEV is expected to offer consumers a familiar driving experience - it will operate similar to a conventional vehicle, but with smoother acceleration, less noise and zero emission."

http://www.motortopia.com/car-blogs/ford-magna-bev-6384
 
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