New EV plans
Asked whether the automaker intended to offer an EV with a 200-mile (320-kilometre) range, Fields said Ford wants to be “among the leaders or in a leadership position” as more automakers introduce long-range battery-powered cars.
“Clearly that’s something we’re developing for,” he said.
Ford is expected to call its 200-mile (320-kilometre) EV the Model E. Tesla CEO Elon Musk wanted to call the Model 3 the Model E, but he was unable to secure the naming rights from Ford, which has owned the patent for some time.
Ford also said it is moving production of the Focus sedan -- which was supposed to go to the new Mexican plant -- to its existing Mexico plant in Hermosillo.
A Mexico government spokesman said there was no official comment immediately after the Ford announcement, but there could be a statement later in the day.
Greg Layson contributed to this report.