The next generation electric car will have electric wheels, and Ford and Tesla are now the leaders in the race to develop such a vehicle, the automotive blog Autoblog reported Friday.
The news comes as Tesla and the Ford Motor Co. are expected to unveil their own electric vehicles in early 2018.
The Detroit-based automakers have been competing against each other for more than a decade in the electric vehicle market, but their latest effort is expected to make a dent in the market with its high-tech and cost-efficient vehicles.
The cars, which are expected in the first half of 2019, will be powered by battery packs that store electricity in the wheels.
The batteries can be charged via solar panels on the vehicles.
Ford has been developing electric vehicles since 2015, when the company debuted its Model X crossover SUV.
Ford and General Motors Co. also recently announced plans to roll out a mass-market electric vehicle by 2021.
The automaker’s Model 3 electric car was expected to go on sale in 2021, but it will now be in production only in the U.S. and Canada.
The electric car is expected be priced around $35,000, according to the company.