Elon Musk Can't Help But Praise Tesla Rival Ford Over This Feat: Here's What It's All About

Zinger Key Points
  • Ford is a distant second to Tesla, which dominates the U.S. electric vehicle market.
  • Blue Oval targets annual EV production rate of 2 million by 2026.

Ford Motor Company F is among the very few legacy automakers that have had better success with electrification.

What Happened: Ford announced on Wednesday that it has built the 150,000 Mustang Mach-E in about two years since it first went on sale. The 150,000th vehicle was built in the Cuautitlan Stamping and Assembly plant in Mexico, which is being upgraded now.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker said almost all of the EVs' growth to date has come from customers replacing internal combustion vehicles with electric versions. The Mach-E is available in 37 countries across the world for 2023, up from 22 countries in 2019 — the year it was launched. The markets that recently began selling the model include New Zealand, Argentina and Brazil.

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When a news story on the milestone was shared by one of Tesla Inc. TSLA CEO Elon Musk’s followers, the billionaire lauded the legacy automaker.

“Congratulations,” he said tagging Ford as well as the company’s CEO Jim Farley.

Ford is the second-ranked EV maker in the U.S. this year, based on the number of registrations, according to the S&P Global Mobility report. As opposed to Tesla’s dominant share of 65%, Ford remains a distant second with a 7% share.

Price Action: Ford closed Wednesday’s session 1.09% higher at $13.90, according to Benzinga Pro data.

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