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Ford's latest foray into the electric vehicle space is with the Mustang Mach-E. The all electric SUV is available for preorder, and putting Ford in competition with Tesla. Yahoo Finance's Rick Newman discusses Elon Musk's influence on Ford's newest vehicle.
Ford just unveiled its brand new all-electric mustang SUV, the Mach-E. It's the first addition to the Mustang line in 55 years. Ford President of Automotive Joe Hinrichs joins Yahoo Finance to discuss the new all-electric vehicle, and the congratulations offered by Tesla's Elon Musk.
(Bloomberg) -- The world’s biggest lithium-ion battery is about to get even bigger, with Tesla Inc. set to beef up capacity at the Hornsdale site in South Australia.The system will be expanded by 50% to 150 megawatts, according to an announcement from Neoen SA, the French company that operates the site. The storage site has already saved consumers more than A$50 million ($34 million) in its first year of operation.Since its 2017 installation, the battery has helped to stabilize the grid, avoid outages and lower costs by offsetting the intermittency of renewable power generation. That’s helped blaze a trail for other plants around the world. “The Hornsdale battery is a ground-breaking project that has proven what batteries can do for our electricity system,” said Darren Miller, head of Arena, the government’s renewable energy agency, which is helping to fund the expansion. Affordable utility-scale batteries are seen as the missing link needed to make solar and wind power realistic competitors to fossil fuels. While green sources can be cheaper, they lack the reliability of traditional fuels, making the carbon-intensive energy difficult to jettison, which is necessary to avoid catastrophic impacts from climate change.In the meantime, the storage industry is increasingly important in places like South Australia, which has relatively less access to traditional fossil-fuel sources such as coal and natural gas. While Tesla’s outback battery was never intended to be a cure-all for the state’s power problems, it has provided valuable insights into the potential contributions storage systems offer grids.A raft of big battery projects are in development in Australia as energy planners focus on firming up the country’s expanding wind and solar capacity. Another French company, Total Eren SA, is looking to build a 270 megawatt storage system for its Kiamal solar farm in Victoria, while EPS Energy is looking to tap into the proposed South Ausralia-New South Wales interconnector with a 280 megawatt solar farm and 140 megawatt battery at Robertstown.Neoen has also outlined plans to build a giant renewables complex in South Australia, including battery storage that could dwarf Hornsdale. The Goyder South project will include up to 1,200 megawatts of wind generation, 600 megawatts of solar and 900 megawatts of battery storage, with an initial investment of up to A$1 billion, Neoen said in September.(Updates with government comment in fourth paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: James Thornhill in Sydney at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ramsey Al-Rikabi at email@example.com, Rob VerdonckFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Tesla’s third-quarter results blew away expectations. For the Tesla bears forecasting another loss-making quarter, the results were a headscratcher. It may not sound like a lot for a company worth $63bn, but this extra income made up 48 per cent of Tesla’s pre-tax profits.
The world’s biggest lithium-ion battery is about to get even bigger after its Australian operators decided to expand in a bid to stablise the nation’s fragile electricity grid. Tesla to expand capacity at its Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia by 50 per cent to 150 megawatts.
French power producer Neoen SA said on Tuesday it will expand its Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia, the world's largest lithium ion battery, by 50% to help improve stability of the state's power grid. The move comes as energy storage becomes increasingly essential to managing power supply in Australia as coal-fired plants are shut down and alternatives are needed to back up intermittent solar and wind power. The Hornsdale project stemmed from a promise by Tesla's Elon Musk to help keep the lights on in South Australia following a string of blackouts by building a battery within 100 days or giving it to the state for free.
The South Australian government will also support the project with up to A$50 million ($33.95 million) and A$8 million ($5.43 million) in funding through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the office of The Minister For Energy and Emissions Reduction said in a statement sent to Reuters. The battery project was set up around summertime 2017 in Australia to support the country's shaky power grid which is further stressed by increased demand during the heat.
(Bloomberg) -- Volkswagen AG’s chief executive officer, who’s grown increasingly chummy with Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk, said the electric-vehicle maker may find Germany a more accommodating place for manufacturing than its home state of California.“What Tesla probably is looking for is the environment, the infrastructure, to build high-quality cars, which is probably much more the case here in Germany than on the West Coast of the United States,” VW CEO Herbert Diess told analysts and investors on a call Monday. Musk announced last week that Tesla will build a vehicle and battery factory on the outskirts of Berlin, plus an engineering and design center within the city limits. While the plant will be the second to assemble Teslas outside the U.S. -- one near Shanghai is on the verge of making cars for sale -- the company’s massive facility in Fremont, California, isn’t going anywhere. Preparations are underway for Model Y crossover production to start next summer.Tesla hasn’t yet said where it will build a new electric pickup that Musk, 48, plans to unveil in Los Angeles later this week.\--With assistance from Christoph Rauwald.To contact the reporter on this story: Craig Trudell in New York at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Craig Trudell at email@example.com, Chester DawsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Some on Wall Street are skeptical about the new Tesla Inc. pickup truck — that it could be too futuristic and leave traditional pickup buyers unhappy with its design.
The future of Ford Motor Company has finally arrived, with the company’s first mass-produced all-electric vehicle debuting in an airport hangar across the street from Tesla headquarters.
In terms of performance and range, Ford's Mustang Mach-E looks fairly competitive with Tesla's upcoming Model Y crossover. But Tesla does have strengths in other areas.
Ford finally lifted the curtain on its Mustang Mach-E, with its first all-electric SUV turning heads on Sunday at the Los Angeles Auto Show press days. And Elon Musk seems to be genuinely happy for the company.
Ford v Ferrari, which dominated the U.S. theatrical box office this week, tells the story of a 1966 competition. Ford, it seems, is now eager to start a new competition with another high-end maker of luxury vehicles: Tesla.
On Tuesday, Nissan (OTC: NSANY ) posted its earnings on November 12, clearly showing that the nightmare that started with Ghosn's arrest is not nearly over. The Japan's second biggest automaker's shares ...
The stock market rally is on a long winning streak, hitting fresh highs. But the CBOE volatility index shows a lack of fear. That raises the risk of at least a short-term pullback.
Shares of Tesla Inc. tacked on 0.3% in premarket trading Monday, after Deutsche Bank analyst Emmanuel Rosner raised his price target by 12% ahead of the unveiling of its new electric pickup truck later this week, but the target remained well below current levels. Rosner reiterated his hold rating but lifted the target to $290, which is 17.7% below Friday's closing price of $352.17. Tesla's "Cybertruck" is expected to be unveiled on Nov. 21 in Los Angeles. "[A]ssuming most performance specifications are in line with those teased over time by [Chief Executive] Elon Musk, we expect focus to be on how well the actual design resonates with pickup buyers," Rosner wrote in a note to clients. "Musk has indicated it 'looks like an armored personnel carrier from the future,' from the set of Blade Runner, and is 'unrecognizable from the trucks from the past 20-40 years,' which we think could carry the risk of not attracting traditional pickup buyers, leaving it a lower-volume niche product." The stock has soared 60.1% over the past three months, while the S&P 500 has gained 8.0%.
(Bloomberg) -- Ford Motor Co. is reinventing one of its marquee models -- the Mustang muscle car -- as a battery-powered crossover to become a player in the electric-vehicle market that is expected to take off in the coming decade.In a splashy ceremony Sunday ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show, the carmaker unveiled the Mustang Mach-E, a swoopy hatchback with distinctive pony-car haunches and familiar shark nose that it claims has the power to take on Porsche. When it goes on sale next fall, Ford hopes to convince mainstream buyers its electrified Mustang is an alternative to the Tesla models dominating the EV market.And Ford, which exited the battery-car business last year when it pulled the plug on its slow-selling Focus EV, is betting it’s cracked the code on turning a profit on plug-ins. By building the Mach-E in Mexico, where labor costs are low, and with a price starting at $43,895, the automaker says it will avoid the losses automakers typically suffer selling high-cost EVs.The company is even considering making the car in China, depending on how the trade war plays out, Ford Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett told Bloomberg News. Read more: Ford May Make New Electric Mustang Mach-E in China (1)The Mach-E will make a profit “on vehicle one,” he said in a Bloomberg TV interview. “That’s surprising a lot of people because electrics have not had a history of making money. This will.”Hackett said it will turn a profit because the vehicle “creates the passion that follows with Mustang” and prices start in the mid-$30,000 when U.S. subsides on electric cars are factored in. “So it’s attractive to customers.”Ford is building it in Mexico because it had an open factory there and it needed to be overhauled to build an electric vehicle, Hackett said. “As we start to adopt more electric vehicles — we had capacity down there, we had no capacity in the United States — we’re going to have electric capacity here in the United States. They’ll be building other electric platforms.”Still, it’s a high-risk gambit. The Mustang is Ford’s signature sports car, having sold more than 10 million units since it debuted in 1964 with simultaneous cover stories in Time and Newsweek. When Ford decided to abandon the traditional passenger-car business last year, it spared only one model: The Mustang.New ConfigurationFor more than half a century, the Mustang has embodied high-octane power and unbridled strength. And Ford will continue to make gasoline-fueled versions of the classic muscle car.The Mach-E is not only the first electric version of the Mustang, it’s also the first time it has been configured into a sport utility vehicle. That will test the elasticity of a brand built on low-slung speedsters.“Calling this a true sports car would be stretching it,” said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting for researcher LMC Automotive. “The market obviously has gone in the direction of the SUV body type, that’s what’s selling. But the Mustang is not an SUV. It’s been a sports car.”Ford, having struggled to sell more mundane electric cars, is embarking on a strategy to electrify its icons, starting with the Mustang and following quickly thereafter with a plug-in version of its top-selling F-150 pickup. It is part of $11.5 billion the automaker is investing to roll out 40 electric and hybrid vehicles by 2022. The idea is to show that Ford’s EVs can be fast and tough and are not just “compliance cars” intended to meet more stringent environmental regulations around the world.“We changed our whole strategy two years ago,” Ted Cannis, Ford’s global head of electrification, said at a briefing on the Mach-E at the company’s design studios in Dearborn, Michigan. “We said, ‘Let’s play to our strengths -- performance vehicles, pickups, vans, SUVs, the things Ford knows how to do.’”EV GrowthRegulations to curb emissions will drive demand for electric vehicles over the next decade, especially in China, the world’s largest auto market. In the U.S., where President Donald Trump has eased fuel economy rules, EV growth will be slower, but still strong. Sales of battery-powered vehicles will quadruple by 2025 to 809,537 models, accounting for 4.8% of the U.S. auto market, up from 1.3% now, according to LMC Automotive.New electric offerings will mushroom to 110 choices in the U.S. by the middle of next decade, from just 19 now, LMC predicts. Standing out in such a crowded field will be difficult, especially for Ford, which ranked fifth behind Toyota, Tesla, Honda and Nissan among consumers surveyed recently by CarGurus on which brand of electric vehicle they would consider buying.That’s a key reason Ford decided to affix the Mustang pony to the front of the Mach-E, which originally was conceived in 2017 as merely inspired by the sports car. But as Ford executives were shown design concepts by the small team working on the project, they kept asking for more Mustang influence. By early last year, the decision was made to call it a Mustang.Design Pressures“This had massive implications,” said Jason Castriota, brand director of battery-electric vehicles for Ford. “You can only imagine the amount of tension and strife this brought through the company.”That pressure was most acute on the engineers, who had to come up with a way to translate fossil-fuel fury into clean-running power from lithium-ion batteries.“When we realized we weren’t really doing a Mustang-inspired thing, we were doing a Mustang, the pressure ratcheted up,” said Ron Heiser, the Mach-E’s chief engineer. “We’ve got a lot of people in this company that are staking their engineering reputations that we’re delivering a Mustang.”Electric motors have some inherent advantages, such as immediate thrust. Heiser’s engineers placed them between the wheels fore and aft, which, combined with batteries configured like a skateboard beneath the car, create an even weight distribution. That allows the car to ride low and hug the road like a Mustang.Heiser says the base all-wheel-drive Mach-E can beat a Porsche Macan SUV from zero to 60 miles per hour, and he claims the 450-horsepower GT version comes “very, very close” to a Porsche 911 GTS. For those who miss the roar of a big V8, he says the Mach-E will have tunable technology to create an “authentic” sound.‘Back in the Game’The focus on performance should make the Mach-E “a more compelling alternative” to Tesla’s similarly priced Model 3 sedan, Dan Levy, a Credit Suisse analyst, wrote in a Nov. 14 report. “The ultimate proof point of its success will be if it can truly take battery electric vehicle share from the Model 3 -- far from guaranteed.”Ford won’t say how many Mach-Es it expects to sell annually, but it will be the only model built at the 4.3 million square foot factory in Cuautitlan, Mexico, that most recently was cranking out more than 100,000 Fiesta subcompacts a year.LMC Automotive predicts the Mustang Mach-E will top out around 50,000 sales annually by 2021.“This is the first step in getting back in the game for Ford, after being viewed as behind in this space,” Schuster said. “They need to have a solid launch with no quality issues and, from a driving standpoint, it has to live up to the name.”(Updates with detail on possible China production in third paragraph.)\--With assistance from Ed Ludlow and Will Davies.To contact the reporter on this story: Keith Naughton in Southfield, Michigan at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Craig Trudell at email@example.com, Kevin MillerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
The new horse about to enter the stable of electric-vehicle offerings doesn't seem to be fazing Tesla investors, with Tesla shares rising on Monday.
The Mustang Mach E electric sport utility vehicle Ford Motor Co unveiled in Los Angeles on Sunday is more than another car for the storied automaker. The Mach E has become within Ford a high-profile test for a restructuring that has been marred by profit warnings, costly quality problems and the troubled launch this year of another important vehicle, the Ford Explorer sport utility. For Chief Executive Jim Hackett, the Mach E's aggressive design and futuristic interior represent a long-awaited, visible sign of the overhaul of the company's product creation process he has tried to explain to skeptical Wall Street analysts for the past two years.