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Ford Owners Are Not Defecting To Tesla

Tesla currently dominates the world of all-electric vehicles, selling far more than any other automotive manufacturer, partly thanks to the fact that it’s been offering EVs for over a decade now. However, others – including Ford – are beginning to eat into Tesla’s market share, wooing EV shoppers with something a bit different – as well as a bit more conventional, in many cases. At the same time, Ford owners don’t appear to be defecting to Tesla, even as it adds more physical locations, according to new data from S&P Global.

S&P Global’s most recent Top 10 Industry Trends report, less than two percent of Ford owners defected to Tesla year-to-date through July 2022 when it came time to purchase another vehicle, which isn’t high enough to get the automaker ranked on this particular chart. Other brands didn’t fare quite as well, however, as Tesla retained a significant 67 percent of its owners, while Polestar lost 16.2 percent, followed by Rivian (14.5 percent), Lucid (13.9 percent), Mercedes-Benz (7.9 percent), Audi (7.6 percent), BMW (7 percent), Porsche (6.9 percent), Land Rover (6.6 percent), and Volvo (6.4 percent), to name just a few.

This particular trend isn’t terribly surprising, as IHS Markit data from last year revealed that just 2.6 percent of Lincoln owners defected to Tesla, while Ford has enjoyed increasingly high conquest rates over the past couple of years. Over 70 percent of Ford EV buyers came from other brands this past June, while FoMoCo posted the highest increase in brand loyalty in July, with Blue Oval truck owners showing the most loyalty of any brand.

The Ford F-150 Lighting is conquesting customers from Ram and Tesla more than any other brand as well, which is precisely why CEO Jim Farley recently stated that the automaker’s EV strategy moving forward will continue to focus on luring customers from the company’s rivals.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. JE

    At least that´s not my case. After 30 years buying Ford products, I did defect to Tesla (and other brands) the day Ford stopped producing sedans. The only car I would buy from Ford today, is the Mustang (not the Mach-e of course). No matter what Ford pretends, there´s no human power that´s going to make me buy an SUV or a crossover for the simple reason that I don´t like them. Maybe lots of people like them and buy them, but for me, SUV´s and crossovers represent the maximum expression of automotive involution. Matter of tastes finally. As for me, the day Ford produces a sedan, I will consider buying Ford again. Not before.

    1. William Schaefer

      Exact same story here. I want a sedan, not an SUV. Ford has been my car of choice since my 88 Mustang GT. until 2018 when I bought my first Tesla. We now have three in the family and couldn’t be happier with them.

  2. JDE

    well the lighting has only been built in a very small quantity and it is the only truck mfr offering a low cost WT version. it is not as low cost anymore and they no longer offer the 300+ mile range in the pro options so we shall see how this goes when the Silverado and Ram versions actually hit the street. right now this all seems like stoking egos using shuck and jive info.

  3. Mike says..

    Ford/Lincoln will lose me for the same reason. Couple this with a growing list of unsavory dealership sales practices and the competition will enjoy the easiest ‘conquest sale event’ ever. I hope I am wrong….


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