The best-selling combustion engine sports coupe in the world has been transformed into an electric SUV. “Say Goodbye To Gas!” says the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Some essential history: In the 1960s, Lee Iacocca, VP and general manager of Ford, envisioned a sporty youth-market car based on the Ford Motor Company’s compact Falcon. Using a limited budget, the automaker developed the car in record time and introduced the first Mustang to the public at the World’s Fair on April 17, 1964. Ford had planned to sell 100,000 Mustangs during its first year, but dealers sold 22,000 on the first day it debuted. Total sales for the 1965 model were 681,000 cars – nearly seven times Ford’s projections!
The Ford Mustang launched a major new genre of muscle cars in the automobile industry and caused sweeping changes in how autos were designed and who they were sold to. Within 2 years of its debut, the Pony Car reached sales of one million; an astounding accomplishment. Around 10M Mustangs have been sold worldwide to date.
While there is no question that the past and future have converged to create the 2021 Mach-E, this Mustang is exceedingly different from its predecessors who gulped gas. Automotive purists might call this e-mobility crossover a sacrilege. But Ford knows the Electric Era is here to stay. The company is investing $22 billion in electrification through 2025 and plans to electrify all its most iconic products – the Mustang, F-150 pickup and its Transit truck – plus more models to come.
“The Mustang Mach-E wholeheartedly rejects the notion that electric vehicles are only good at reducing gas consumption,” says Ford’s chief product development officer, Hau Thai-Tang. “People want a car that’s thrilling to drive, that looks gorgeous and that can easily adapt to their lifestyle – and the Mustang Mach-E delivers all of this in unmatched style.”
The EV’s sleek silhouette and muscular curves, its prominent headlights and trademark tri-bar taillamps make the Mach-E instantly recognizable as a Mustang. There are four Mach-E trims to choose from: Select (MSRP: $42,895), California Route 1 (MSRP: $50,400), Premium (MSRP: $47,600), and GT (MSRP: $59,900).
Each model offers 0 to 60 mph thrills, expansive range, zero vehicle emissions, and all the passion of Mustang’s iconic heritage:
• Select: 230 mile EPA estimated range / 0 to 60 mph: 5.2 seconds / eAWD or RWD
• California Route 1: 305 mile EPA estimated range / 0 to 60 mph: 6.1 seconds / RWD
• Premium: 300 mile EPA estimated range / 0 to 60 mph: 4.8 seconds / eAWD or RWD
• GT: 270 mile EPA estimated range / 0 to 60 mph: 3.8 seconds / eAWD
The EPA has estimated a 2021 Mach-E with RWD generates a fuel economy of 105/93/100 MPGe for city/highway/combined. You’ll save $5,500 over 5 years by driving a Mach-E instead of a comparable gas-powered car.
The Mach-E’s advanced batteries feature 288 lithium-ion cells in the 68kWh standard-range version and 376 lithium-ion cells in the 88kWh extended-range version. Designed for manufacturing ease, the battery compartment is situated on the floor between the EV’s two axles. The batteries are secured in a waterproof battery case surrounded by crash-absorption protection and have been tested at temperatures as extreme as 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The case is liquid-cooled to optimize performance in difficult weather and to improve charging time.
By providing drivers up to 305 miles of pure electric range, the California Route 1 Mustang Mach-E earned a Car and Driver 2021 Editor’s Choice Award, plus Car and Driver’s first EV of the Year Award.
Says Car and Driver reviewer Eric Tingwall: “If an automaker wanted to convert people from EV skeptics to EV evangelists, it's hard to imagine a better vehicle for the job than the Ford Mustang Mach-E. It arrives in the familiar shape and size of the crossovers Americans love, at a price that competes with gas-powered alternatives, and with a design that gets noticed. The Mach-E has the range and charging speed to wave off the most common EV criticisms, and thanks to Electrify America's recent work, there's a nationwide charging network that makes long interstate trips not just possible but tolerable. For new EV converts, piloting a Mach-E isn't so different from driving a gas-burning SUV that it feels foreign, yet the experience is futuristic enough to be exciting. It's the right car to bring drivers along during this watershed moment as EVs transition from niche alternative to new normal.”
Designed with Sport Utility Vehicle proportions to comfortably seat 5 passengers, the Mach-E provides lots of cargo space for kids and your stuff. The rear trunk delivers 29.7 cubic feet of space. With the back seats down, 59.7 cubic feet of space is available. And a front trunk storage unit adds 4.8 cubic feet.
Ford’s new Phone As A Key technology makes its debut in the Mach-E. Via Bluetooth, the driver’s smartphone is detected, allowing the driver to enter and start the car without unpocketing their phone or the car’s key fob. A backup code can be entered on the Mach-E’s touchscreen to start and drive the vehicle if the driver’s smartphone dies.
Taking cues from the large, centered 17-inch Tesla S touchscreen, the Mach-E comes standard with a 15.5-inch touchscreen, centered to the right of the steering wheel and the 10.2” instrument panel. The next-gen SYNC 4A’s communications and entertainment system on Mach-E base models includes AM/FM Stereo, 6 Speakers, a Media Bin, MP3 Capablity, Speed-Compensated Volume and SiriusXM with 360L. Premium models come with a Bang & Olufsen sound system, 9 speakers and a subwoofer. The sleek and modern interface uses “machine learning” to learn a driver’s preferences. The touchscreen’s touch, swipe and pinch controls are the same as what you use on your smartphone.
Mach-E Drivers are offered three drive modes. Explains Ford: “Mustang Mach-E delivers three unique drive experiences – Whisper, Engage and Unbridled – each offering finely tuned driving dynamics packaged with a distinct sensory experience. Features include custom-designed vehicle responsiveness such as sportier steering controls, ambient lighting, sounds tuned for an authentic all-electric experience, and dynamic cluster animations that are tied to driving behavior.”
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded its Top Safety Pick to the Mustang Mach-E for the 2021 model year. The Mach-E’s list of Driver Assistance Aids is extensive. It includes:
• Ford Co-Pilot 360 2.0 Technology: Auto High-Beam Headlamps, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Post-Collision Braking, Rear View Camera, Reverse Brake Assist, Reverse Sensing System.
• Ford Co-Pilot 360 Assist 2.0 Technology: Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering, Speed Sign Recognition, Intersection Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, Connected Built-in Navigation System.
The Mach-E is installed with extensive airbags, head restraints and safety belts – see Specifications below. An SOS Post Crash Alert System is standard on all four trims.
FordPass makes charging easy. The FordPass Charging Network is composed of over 16,000 charging stations, making public charging locations as common as drugstores and coffee chains. On the FordPass App you load to your phone, or on your SYNC 4A Connected Navigation, you’ll be able to see which charging stations are available, and the cost to charge (many are free). If you’re going on a road trip, you’ll be able to find the optimal places to stop for the least amount of downtime with the FordPass Power My Trip feature.
The Mach-E is eligible for a $7,500 Federal tax credit. If you live in California, you may be eligible for up to $12,000 in tax credits and rebates if you purchase or lease a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. Learn more at: https://ev.pge.com/vehicles/Ford_Mustang_Mach_E_Select_BEV_2021
Ford has designed an electric vehicle that’s perfect for daily commutes and extensive road trips. They’ve seamlessly evolved an iconic gas car into an electrified vehicle. In doing so, they made sure to preserve what makes driving a Mustang a thrill. For 57 years, owning and driving a Mustang was cool, hip and beyond fun; it was a Zen state like no other. Now that state is eco-conscious as well.
WRITTEN JULY 2021
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