Ford CEO Claims Company ‘Has The Expertise’ To Build Tesla-Like Model


John is a full-time automotive blogger who digs cars, but also spends a disturbing amount of time watching and reading about movies. His first car was a maroon 1993 Buick Skylark which, after a solid seven-year run, was laid to rest in August of 2013.

On the opening day of this year’s Chicago Auto Show, I attended a luncheon that was essentially nothing more than a sick trap. The food was spectacular, but I learned firsthand that there really is no such thing as a free lunch. All who were foolish enough to accept a plate were forced to listen to an unbearable and excessively drawn-out Q&A session with Joseph R. Hinrichs, the Executive Vice President and President of the Americas for Ford Motor Company.

There weren’t many takeaways from the dull exchange that took place, but there was one answer from Hinrichs that stood out among the rest. Following a question about electric vehicles, the Executive Vice President confessed that Ford owned a Tesla Model S and had taken it apart and rebuilt it to better understand exactly how the systems of the premium electric sedan worked.

When Hinrichs drew mention to the company’s personal Model S back in February, he did so in passing, and at the time it was likely a lesser known fact that Ford owned a set of keys to one of the electric cars. That is no longer the case, however.


Ford could TOTALLY build something like this if they felt like it.

Earlier this morning, during a conference call with Wall Street investment analysts, Ford CEO Mark Fields stated that they possess the expertise and the ability to build a Tesla-style, high performance, long-range electric vehicle.

Likely in an effort to back that claim, he confirmed the Model S statements first leaked by Joseph Hinrichs saying, “We drove it. We took it apart. We put it back together and we drove it again.”

Here’s the kicker though.

Fields did not go on to say that they would be building this Tesla-like model. He just said that they could, and then noted that the technology of the Tesla Model S is consistent with their product philosophy. So, instead of attempting to contend with the Model S, it’s likely that the automaker will use it as inspiration to produce a larger electric vehicle that puts performance and mileage range at the top of its priority list. Kind of a cop out if you ask me.

“You know we could manufacture a model that would give one of the fastest-growing tech companies a run for its money, but we just don’t feel like it right now.”

Talk is cheap, and seeing as Fields still hasn’t elaborated on the subject, it is still unclear as to whether or not the company will pursue this supposed new electric offering. There’s a good chance that he is just trying to get investors drooling, but whether or not the CEO is serious, it’s not likely that he will show us his D anytime soon.

But he could. If he wanted to.


Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in Featured

Ford Aerostar Minivan Exterior Does Ford Still Make

Ford Continues to Please Minivan-Skeptic Soccer Moms

CarDebater TeamJan 13, 2019
dale jr nationwide

I Wasn’t Always a Dale Jr Fan – But Now I Get It

Wes LungwitzMay 15, 2017

The Essence Of 90’s Chevy Truck Commercials

John MeiseJan 20, 2017
Very basic.

How Basic Is Your Car?

Melissa SorcicJan 5, 2017
Will She Dig It Dodge Stealth

Will She Dig It? The Dodge Stealth

Tyler SjostromJan 5, 2017
bloodhound ssc

Is There A Point In Having A Land Speed Record Anymore?

Wes LungwitzDec 5, 2016

Which Of The Square Vehicles Out There Is Sponge-Worthy?

Wes LungwitzJan 10, 2016

The 2015 Detroit Auto Show Model Debuts You Should Know About

John MeiseJan 13, 2015

2016 Lexus GS F Does Not Deserve Its F Badge

John MeiseJan 13, 2015