There have been some major shifts in Ford’s line-up lately. They’re moving away from passenger vehicles and focusing on crossovers, trucks, and SUVs. That doesn’t come as a huge surprise: larger cars have started dominating the American auto market. Beyond that, they’re moving into EV production. In late 2019, Ford announced the electric F-150 and the Mustang Mach-E. Let’s talk about the latter.
There’s been a crazy amount of hype around the announcement of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E. It shares some similar styling with the Mustang, but it’s an entirely new platform for the legendary automaker.
What we know about the Mustang Mach-E
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E will be delivered to early buyers towards the end of 2020, and other models will see delivery in 2021. The base price starts at $43,895 for the Select model, ranging up to $60,500 for the Mach-E GT. The GT comes with the Extended Range battery with an estimated range of 250 miles, and is only available in AWD. Ford claims that this model will put out 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque, with a 0-60 mph in the mid 3 second range. The GTs will be available in spring of 2021.
Other models, like the Mach-E Premium and the California Route 1 are available with RWD and extended range batteries, bumping EPA ranges up to 300 miles. If you’re looking at a model with the standard range battery, you’ll get an estimated 230 miles of range, which still isn’t bad. The top competing EVs of 2020 are coming in just under 260 miles of range, with the exception of Tesla’s Model 3 which comes in at 310. So, for a larger EV, a 230 mile range is a step up in range. That being said, the new Tesla Roadster has a (claimed) range of 620 miles, with a base price of about 4 times as much: $200,000. Just throwin’ that in there for reference.
Let’s compare some similar stuff, shall we?
The Audi e-tron, according to AudiUSA.com, has an estimated range of 204 miles, puts out 402 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque in ‘Sport Mode,’ and has a 0-60 of 5.5 seconds. Oh, and it starts at $74,800. 152 dollars per horsepower
The 2020 Hyundai Kona puts out 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque, goes from 0-60 in 6.4 seconds, and has an estimated range of 258 miles per charge. Its starting price is $38,085. 189
The Mach-E base model, the Select ($43,895), is projected to put out 255 horsepower (both RWD/AWD), 306 lb-ft of torque for the RWD version, and 417 lb-ft of torque for the AWD version. 172
So, comparing a slightly-less-expensive and considerably-more-expensive variant, the Mach-E gets a better horsepower to dollar ratio (1 horsepower per $172.00) than the Kona (1 horsepower per $189) whereas the Audi e-tron gets 1 horsepower for every $152 bucks, if that’s a metric that you care about.
The Mach-E is loaded with features, as well. A 2-row SUV that seats up to five, the interior is spacious enough for those of you that aren’t so vertically challenged. People in the back that hit 6 foot 2 won’t hit the ceiling. Up front there’s a 15.5 inch control screen on the center stack, which Ford says has technology to learn driver behavior for developed ease. Don’t worry though, you can adjust the volume by knob.
The battery itself is located under the floor to maximize space, and if you fold the back seats down, you’ve got up to 60 cubic feet of cargo space. The frunk has a drain in it, too, so fill it with ice as you see fit.
As far as safety goes, the NHTSA and IIHS haven’t crash tested the Mach-E yet, but it does include features like forward collision warning, automated emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure/lane keeping assistance.
If range anxiety is one of your worries, Ford claims that it’ll have 35,000 charging stations across 12,000 locations in the United States and Canada.
It isn’t available yet, but…
The Mach-E won’t be delivered until later this year, so you’ll be hard pressed to find one at auction just yet. But don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of other Mustangs up for grabs.
If you’re looking for an EV, we’ve got plenty of them available. Just check our listings.
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