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Ford announce gas-powered autonomous vehicle will launch in 2021

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An executive from Ford has told Automotive News that the self-driving car Ford intends to release in 2021 will be a completely new hybrid. 

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Car manufacturers from Nissan to Mercedes-Benz have been working on developing electric autonomous cars but it seems Ford will be sticking with gas-powdered autonomous vehicles for the near future. 

The gas-powered autonomous car that Ford is set to release will have longer ranges than their competitor’s electric vehicles and because of this, Ford hopes to gain a competitive advantage. There is no doubt that it’s a lot quicker to fill up a gas tank than to fully recharge an EV battery. 

Ford is planning to focus their efforts on promoting their new vehicle to commercial opportunities that require cars on the road for long periods of time. They are hoping that their new autonomous hybrid will continue driving for approximately 20 hours per day. 

Ford's president of global markets, Jim Farley told Automotive News:

"Anytime you're not carrying goods and people, you're losing money. The most important thing is uptime and profitability. What we see is the [hybrid] is a much better cost-of-ownership model."

The company began its initial testing earlier this year when it sent out self-driving Ford Fusions to Domino's Pizza locations in the Michigan area to gauge customer enthusiasm for AI-controlled pizza delivery.

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