Ford Enters the Electric Arena to Rival Tesla With Mustang Mach-E
This is Ford’s first electric SUV and also the first time when a Mustang will not carry a fuel-guzzling engine.
Ford is the latest automaker to dive into the electric vehicle segment but with an interesting twist. The US-based car maker has created an SUV out of its ‘Mustang’ range, and the electric version will be called the Mustang Mach-E.
Everybody knows about the Mustang brand, and the heritage it carries, with its 6-litre, fuel-guzzling motor in tow. And now, with the Mustang Mach, the company is taking its first step into the environment-friendly world. This SUV has a rather uncanny design resemblance to the Tesla and even the Jaguar electric SUVs that we’ve already seen.
Ford claims the Mustang Mach-E has been built catering to needs and preferences of the consumer and with the connected car technology, the overall experience becomes future-ready.
The Mustang Mach-E will be only available in late 2020, but buyers will be able to choose between standard and extended battery range options, which is claimed to deliver up to 482 km (or 300 miles) on a single charge.
Ford has started taking bookings for the Mustang Mach-E for which a dedicated support website has been created, but their deliveries will start from mid-2021 only. The Mustang Mach-E will be Ford’s first connected vehicle which will start using smartphone as a key.
Using Bluetooth, the vehicle can detect customers’ smartphones as they approach, unlocking the Mach-E and allowing them to start driving without getting their phones out of their pockets or using a key fob.Ford statement
However, it is worth debating the choice of front grille on the Mach-E, especially when it carries the ‘Mustang’ badge. The muscular look has been replaced with body colour and materials that cover up the area.
You might argue that most electric vehicles have gone with this approach, but this is a Mustang we’re talking about, which is likely to cost over $40,000, surely Ford could have been a bit more creative with its engineering.
In terms of performance, the Mustang Mach-E will churn out 332hp of power and 563Nm of torque. For in-car usability, Ford has fitted a 15.5-inch display, to help the driver control different settings, like turning on AC, or play their favourite tracks.
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