Ford charges into EV future with Mustang Mach-E

Ford has revealed its much-heralded, Mustang-inspired all-electric SUV, the Mustang Mach-E.

Taking the Mustang name – a name that feels best-suited to the company’s roaring petrol-powered performance models – and putting it on an electric vehicle is certainly a bold move, but the Mach-E does offer some decent performance numbers.

Those numbers do depend on the version of the Mach-E you can get your hands on. Power comes from either a 75.7kW or a 98.8kW battery and the models are available in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations, but even the entry version – the rear-wheel drive Select model – has some decent juice, with 370km of range and a 0 to 96km/h (60 mph) sprint of 6.2 seconds.

At the top end of the range, the GT performance model is all-wheel drive, has the 98.8kW battery, offers outputs of 342kW and 830Nm, has a range of more than 400km and can reach 96km/h in 3.5 seconds. Those are good numbers.

The full range of the Mustang Mach-E includes the Select, the Premium (which offers up to 480km of range), the limited First Edition, the California Route 1, and the performance GT model.

The Mach-E has three drive experiences – Whisper, Engage and Unbridled – with Ford claiming that each offers a different driving experience with changes to steering response, ambient lighting, interior sounds and dynamic cluster animations. The GT Performance Edition is equipped with a MagneRide damping system.

Making its debut in the five-seater Mach-E is the next-generation SYNC communications and entertainment system, an interface that uses machine learning to learn drivers’ preferences, and which Ford says will improve over time thanks to over-the-air updates. Premium Bang & Olufsen speakers come as standard and there’s a next-generation SYNC 15.5-inch screen that utilises a simple interface making it easier to access features with touch, swipe and pinch controls.

As with any sizeable SUV, there’s decent space available and there is an interesting extra feature here with the boot storage unit under the bonnet. Big enough to store a carry-on luggage style bag, the storage area is drainable, meaning it could, should the owner choose to, be packed with ice to keep drinks cool. Interesting.

In the U.S., Mach-E owners will be able to take advantage of charging options that include the Ford Connected Charging station that can be installed at the owner’s home, and have access to the FordPass Charging Network – the largest public charging network in the country. Ford has also announced that there are more than 2,100 EV-certified Ford dealers and more than 3,500 EV-trained technicians to support customers in the U.S.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Dec 2019/Jan 2020)

18 Dec 2019

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