Something we expected is happening now. Ford is entering the electric segment to fight against Tesla and other upcoming vehicles. There is a lot of concepts available nowadays, and some of them will turn into production. German carmakers are the most serious about electrification. Nevertheless, the leading US automotive company already makes a move. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E debuted and next season it will be available in dealerships.
As we expected, the Blue Oval company didn’t go after some spectacular outputs and competition with the high-end Tesla Model X versions. Still, the performance of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is respectable and sets up some standards in the market. We already see responses from other carmakers. Nissan presented Ariya concept, and Audi is about to launch the Q4 E-Tron by the end of the year. Still, the only other electric SUV available in dealerships is produced by Tesla.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Range, Charging Time
The battery of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E will provide at least 210 miles. So far, the company announced that two different setups will be available. The base one is using a lighter configuration with a 75.7 kWh electric motor. In this case, buyers are getting 210 miles of range and 255 ponies. Engineers picked a rear-wheel drive as a default setup. Of course, all-wheel drive is optional, while the larger battery sends power to both axles.
In case you pick a larger 98.8 kWh battery, everything goes up. Total distance covered in single charge climbs to 300 miles, and power output is 460 hp. The only thing that goes down is the 0-60 acceleration time. With a motor of higher capacity, the SUV is going to need less than 4 seconds.
Ford is still working on fast-charging systems and networks of stations. Chiefs are promising more than 12,000 of these across the US and Canada. It would make the network larger than Tesla’s. Also, standard power outlets will need about 8 hours to refill the battery. It will be possible to order a home station that will charge more than 30 miles per hour. Every electrician will be able to install it.
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Styling Inspired by a Legend
There was another Mach model in Ford’s lineup. Older fans remember the performance pony car from the 70s that upgraded Mustang. For some while, enthusiasts were asking if the new muscle car will introduce this package again. Ford responded, but the answer is not something we expected. The new Mach is an all-electric SUV based on the legendary ‘Stang.
The horse badge is at the center of the grille and it definitely shows where the inspiration is coming from. Nevertheless, the electric SUV does not use a classic grille, which lets air cooling the engine. Still, the big rig will remind on the sports car with tri-bar taillights, a unique hood, and special headlights design. Well, the relation with Mustang can be a double-bladed sword. On one hand, it can draw attention thanks to a familiar name. On the other hand, it will increase expectations.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Interior and Features
Still, the electric SUV is not going to disappoint you. The battery is under the vehicle, leaving the space under the hood for storage (front trunk, or frunk). Designers give their best to carry over Stang’s details and impression. Well, the dash is a good copy. A huge touchscreen stands vertically. The SUV can take up to five passengers. Still, there is no too much space for cargo behind the second row thanks to the sloped roofline. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E offers 29 cubic feet, and up to 60 if you fold rear seats.
A huge screen is definitely a highlight of the infotainment. The SYNC system is smarter than ever and it learns the driver’s experience and creates the profile. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. These features, and all others you find in the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, will be updated over time. The sound comes from a proven partner, Bang & Olufsen.
When Will 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Be Available?
The company introduced the first electric SUV and started the production. You can reserve the First Edition (if it is not late now already). Still, this one is not going to be available in sales for too long. Standard lineup arrives in 2021, including the base, GT and GT Performance packages. The First Edition comes with unique upgrades and a price tag of $61,000. That is where the GT model is going to start. Standard version with 230 miles of range will be available from $45,000. Have in mind that many states offer a tax credit. You can save up to $7,500, depending on a version you pick. Still, it won’t be available for too long. For example, for a purchase of Tesla’s electric vehicles, buyers can get only partially refund.