For years, Al Kammerer has had both gasoline and electrons coursing through his veins. His pride and joy is a gorgeous yellow home-built 1932 V-8-powered Ford convertible hot rod. In the summer months it shares garage space with a dark-red Jaguar convertible, one of the last cars he worked on before retiring as Jaguar Land Rover's product development chief in 2008. Kammerer has owned a succession of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles, including some plug-in models.
Early last month Kammerer, whose career spanned 34 years at Ford Motor Co., replaced a Lincoln Corsair with a Mustang Mach-E. Now, he says, he's not going back to piston-engine vehicles for daily driving.
There was zero chance Kammerer would ever buy a Tesla — or any electric vehicle that is not connected to Ford. He visited Tesla stores and has looked over the vehicles. "They're interesting. I'd really like to drive one and see what they are all about. But Elon Musk, being a non-car guy, did an admirable job of putting it all together," he says.