WWBD wrote:Hey, I love me my LEAF! No complaints here. But I'm just being realistic with respect to the bomb Ford dropped at CES last week. Specs are sure to change here and there, but a 100 mile charge in half the time is what they're saying. Nissan told us a year ago that the Leaf would have a 100 mile charge and it would charge in about 8 hours. That turned out to be roughly accurate. My point is that I'm sure Nissan is scrambling to figure out how to position themselves with this new direct competitor that appears to have a big advantage tech wise.
The difference is that a year ago, Nissan was more or less all alone in what they were saying and doing. Now, Ford and other companies are playing catch-up. And since the Leaf and Volt are getting all the attention, the only way to steal the cameras away from them is to say something better. It doesn't have to be true, just SAY it and you get a portion of the media to notice. Also, consider that the talking heads for Ford may not be paying much attention to the actual engineers designing the Focus:
CEO says "I want 4 hour charging!".
Engineers say "We'll see what we can do about 4 hour charging!"
Spokesman hears that they're working on 4 hour charge and says "The Focus will charge in 4 hours or less."
True? Lies? Or hopeful rhetoric?