Ford is an automaker with a long and successful history in the United States. One of the most iconic models in its history is the Mustang. In keeping up with current trends in automotive innovation, Ford has designed and engineered an electric version of the Mustang in their Ford Mustang Mach-E. Some are thrilled with the news of its pending release while others remain skeptical about its chances of success. It's been a rumor that was shrouded in secrecy since the first leaks about the new electric car, but our research has turned up some interesting information that might help answer questions in the minds of Mustang enthusiasts. Here are 20 things that you didn't know about the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
1. Ford Dealers haven't been given much information about the Mustang Mach-E
It's common for consumers with questions to go straight to the dealership when they hear there will be a new release. It's not going to do much good when it comes to the new Mustang Mach-E. We learned that there are a lot of Ford dealers who don't have a clue about the particulars of the vehicle, nor its release date. This has been cited as a failure on the part of Ford to provide adequate training for their workers and it has resulted in frustration for potential buyers who have an interest in learning more about the upcoming model.
2. The Mustang Mach-E will be here in 2020
The new Mach-E is set to be released as a 2021 model that will become available sometime late in 2020. We're on the brink of seeing the new Ford in showrooms and for those who are anxiously awaiting their chance for ownership, it's a big deal. We also learned that the price for the all-electric vehicle is going to start at just $44,995.
3. The new Mach-E is unrelated to the Mustang
Although this may sound contradictory, we learned that the familiar styling of the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the name are the same, this is all that it will have in common with other versions fo the model. The new vehicle is a first in the lineup and it will be an all-electric crossover that has very little in common with the Mustangs that loyals have come to know and love. This is one of the reasons why there are skeptics who have mixed feelings about the electric version that will not have similar features under the hood.
4. There will be two options
We learned that the new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E will come with the option of two available battery sizes. Also, buyers will have their choice of a model that features rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive. Those who are familiar with EV batteries realize that they do come at a price so we're assuming that the price tag will go up if the more powerful battery is a preference.
5. It will offer a good range
Ford is currently claiming that the new Mach-E will provide a decent driving range. They are placing the current estimate for up to 300 miles on a single full charge. While this is very good for an all-electric vehicle, this is the maximum figure. Much depends on how the car is driven and if it is accelerated quickly or driven at high rates of speed. Driving faster can use up power more quickly.
6. The name of this model was chosen to spur interest
In all fairness, the new Mach-E does look like a Mustang, but Ford needed a drawing card for the electric car, to spur interest in the new vehicle. Making it a variant of the Mustang, at least in the aesthetic was a good marketing strategy. This catches the attention of Mustang enthusiasts and gives Ford a small window of their attention span to further sell the virtues of the new creation. Ford expects that the design adaptation and the name will gain enough of the public's interest to sell more of the Mach-E when it hits the lots.
7. The 2021 Mustang Mach-E will come in five models
Those who are itching to try out the new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E will have their choice of four model options. The Select is the base version which will come at a starting price of $44,995. The next step up is the Premium edition with an estimated cost of $51,700. This is followed by the California Route 1 at $53,500, the First Edition at $61,000, and the top of the line model will be the GT edition for $61,600.
8. Compromises with range
While the top estimated range of the new Mach-E is 300 miles on a full charge, it's important to note that this is for the rear-wheel-drive version with an extended range battery. Going for the all-wheel-drive option decreases the range by 30 driving miles. It's going to be a case of choosing power over mileage, but that's nothing new when it comes to automobiles.
9. Benefits of the Premium
The Mach-E Premium model is not likely to get 300 miles on a charge, but it will come close with an estimated 270 miles. This version will be more powerful than the base model and also, it will come with a fast-charging capability so it's ready to get back on the road quicker. A few other benefits of the Premium are the 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate for easy access, and a Band & Olufsen sound system.
10. The first wave is sold out
A limited release of the Ford Mustang Mach-E that is being called the First Edition has already been sold out. The automaker stated that a little over 25 percent of the reservations for the up and coming release have come from customers in the state of California. There are still openings for reservation of the four other Mustang Mach-E variants that are being made available.
11. Preferences are for the mileage vs performance
So far, the statistics that are being gathered on the orders and reservations for the 2021 Mustang Mach-E favor extended mileage over performance. Just 30 percent of the orders have been placed for the GT variant which is a higher-performance vehicle. In addition to this, 80 percent of customers are going with an extended range battery.
12. The new Mustang Mach-E is attracting a new customer base
Statistics show that Mach-E is going to be a positive marketing tool for Ford. Customers in the United States are positively responding to the marketing and according to a report issued by The Detroit News two out of three reservations for the new Mach-E are from people who are owners of different brands of automobiles, so they're joining the family of Ford drivers, some, for the first time. It is believed that the biggest drawing card of the new vehicle is that it is all-electric and it has an excellent driving range.
13. The Ford Mustang Mach-E has something in common with a transit van
We learned that the new all-electric crossover has something important in common with the new electric Transit van that Ford is going to release. They will both operate off of the same battery cells. Using battery cells that can power a variety of different vehicles makes it more cost-effective to purchase them, so this is the one thing that the Mach-E has in common with a transit van. They have the same battery.
14. Ford is being sketchy about giving precise numbers
Ford previously made the statement that there will be a limited number of just 50,000 Mach-E vehicles made over the first 12 months throughout the world. These will be the First Editions and this is the one confirmation that has been received on the number of issues, but the automaker has followed up with a statement that informs us that they will not confirm the number of first editions.
15. Reservations require a deposit
If you're considering making a reservation for one of the new Mustang Mach-E variants, you won't be able to reserve a First Edition, but some variants are still available for reserve. The FE variant is priced at $61,000 and the reservation deposit is $500 to reserve yours. If you change your mind along with way, the deposit is fully refundable. The FE variant is based on the AWD extended range model adn it will come with metallic pedal covers, red brake calipers, special badging and contrast stitching.
16. The Mach-E will have some of the 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 DNA
Recent photos of the new Ford Mustang Mach-E reveals that they will have tri-bar sequential LED taillights. This is a feature that was taken from the 1968 version of the Shelby GT500. It's a nod to the past and a signature of Carroll Shelby, first appearing on the 1964 Tbird, then in the Mercury Cougar in 1967. We learned that the taillight style will be a standard feature on all of the Mustang Mach-E vehicles produced and will be included in all trims. This is exciting news and it is yet one more feature that ties the new all-electric version into the originals that become so iconic through the years.
17. Ford may give Tesla a run for its money
Tesla may be in for a bit of unexpectedly stiff competition this year as the new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is released. If the current reservation list is any indication of how well the sales will go, then we may well see a migration from Tesla to Ford as the competition heats up. Tesla is releasing model Y but there is every indication that consumer interest in the Mach-E with the currently high level of hype about the new car is a lot higher than the interest in Tesla's upcoming release. Elon Musk could have a pending war on his hands.
18. The development of the Mach-E was accelerated
The project to develop the Mach-E was kicked off by ford in May 2017. It took the planners and engineers two years to come up with teh technology, design, and engineering for the new all-electric vehicle, which is impressive by any standards. Once the decision was made to move ahead with the project it was kicked into high gear. We learned that the engineering and design team broke into small teams to perfect each detail of the vehicle until they were at the level where production could begin.
19. The amenities will be a drawing card
The new Mach-E has been well planned out and it will feature amenities that consumers demand. Competition in the EV market is high and Ford came into the game with the realization that the bar had already been set high. The Mach-E features an updated design with an evolved driver-interface and infotainment system. Physical control features are built-in for user ease and convenience with a prominent dial, and an intuitive system that will over time, learn driver preferences for ready maintenance of everything from navigation, vehicle preferences, and entertainment systems. The new Mach-E will impress with its tech features.
20. Ford's new Mustang Mach-E represents one of the best EV values
Finally, one of the most important aspects of the new Mach-E is that it will represent good value for consumers. Drivers look at the design, performance, amenities, and value for the cost of a vehicle when deciding whether or not to purchase. When we look at the technology, the aesthetics and all of the creature comforts along with performance and range, the prices for the Mustang Mach-E and its variants are right in the ballpark of being a good value for the cost.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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