Tesla Model 3 spotted being tested on Ford’s campus

The Tesla Model 3 is captivating the entire auto industry from the close to 500,000 people who reserved the vehicle to other automakers who want to learn from it.

Now, a Model 3 was spotted being tested on Ford’s campus.

Automakers have been really interested in Tesla vehicles for a long time now – especially German automakers.

Earlier this year, we reported that two Tesla Model 3 vehicles were spotted in air freight inbound for Germany and we later learned that a German automaker reverse-engineered the electric vehicle and came out quite impressed.

Last year, Mercedes benchmarked and dismantled a Tesla Model X in the weirdest way ahead of launching its own electric SUV.

A year earlier, Audi did the same thing to the Model X, but they did it by buying their own Model X in the US before it was available in Europe.

Ford also benchmarked the Model X and they reportedly paid a $55,000 premium for it.

Now the Dearborn-based automaker is apparently turning its attention to the Model 3. Mark, a friend of the site, spotted a Model 3 being tested on Ford’s Campus near their “Innovation Center”:

We reached out to Ford for a comment on the vehicle. We’ll update this post if we hear back.

As you can see in the pictures, the vehicle has the VIN #6047 and it appears to be equipped with a sensor inside.

They also have taped over the set of 3 cameras on the top of the Model 3’s windshield.

As we previously reported, Ford doesn’t have much to show for when it comes to all-electric vehicles aside for the Focus Electric, a compliance car converted from the gas-powered version, but the automaker is planning a new EV push starting in 2020.

Last year, Ford’s new CEO, Jim Hackett formed a new internal team, called ‘Team Edison’, to oversee electric car programs and he shifted one-third of internal combustion engine investments to electric cars, but the company is still investing more in the former.

The company’s electrification plan is still hybrid heavy over all-electric, but Ford announced an acceleration of its electric effort with 16 all-electric models and 24 hybrids earlier this year.

Last week, they unveiled their “refresh lineup for 2020”, which is when they plan to introduce their first all-electric vehicle built to be electric from the ground up, an all-electric CUV with 300 miles of range.

Ford could also be interested in Tesla’s self-driving effort through its Autopilot program since they seem to be playing with their sensors.

The automaker has its own autonomous driving effort with a fleet of test vehicles.

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