An electric Mustang. Almost sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? The devil’s advocate, no replacement for displacement big bad boy turned to but a mere electric machine? While the inevitable electric future calls for a piston deficit, the time isn’t exactly here yet. So the V8 is here to stay. But what is the Mustang Mach-E then?
Let’s not beat around the bush and get straight to the point. It’s an all electric crossover. I can almost hear the exasperated sighs of the enthusiasts, but it is what it is. While the Mach-E shares styling cues with Ford’s iconic pony car, that’s as far as it goes. It’s sacrilege, it really is; using not just the Mustang moniker, but also the Mach1, used for high performance Stangs, for an electric crossover is blasphemy. But that’s what most manufacturers are doing nowadays (not saying they should), like Mitsubishi with the Eclipse Cross. According to Ford, they went with the name because it needed the electrified crossover to be as desirable as a Tesla, and compete in the world of electric vehicles. The name and the design adaptation is undoubtedly a benefactor in sales and the car’s image.
It’s not a bad standalone car as far as we know. Set to be released towards the end of 2020, the Mustang Mach-E is equipped with all the essential contemporary features. It comes with 4 trim levels, set to be priced at:
California Route 1: $53,500
First Edition: $61,000
It is to have both RWD and AWD variants, although AWD does sound much more preferable. Available with either a standard-range (75.7 kWh) battery or an extended-range (98.8 kWh) pack, it is said to be able to achieve between 210-300 miles. The GT trim sports 459horsepower and around 830Nm of torque. Ford claims to have a sub 4seconds 0-60 figure. Less powerful models make between 255 and 332 horses. Ford claims it will have the largest charging network in the United States—even larger than Tesla. Its network will include 12,000 charging stations with a total of 35,000 stations in the U.S. and some parts of Canada. Every Mach-E comes out of the box with a Ford mobile charger that can add up to 30 miles of range per night with a 120-volt outlet and up to 80 percent of battery life overnight with a 240-volt outlet. Unlike its exterior, the inside of the Mach-E has even less in common with the regular Mustang. The Mustang Mach-E’s battery is located under the floor of the car, which allows for maximum cargo and passenger space.
Is it sacrilege? It is. But we shouldn’t condemn diversification from manufacturers, neither should we be upset with the constant electrification of vehicles. It’s not a Mustang Mach 1, it isn’t, but it’s a good step for the electric future when automobile giants go down the piston defying path.