2021 Ford Mustang Mach E: Overview
When Ford decided to name its first all-electric crossover Mustang, most of the fans of the actual Mustang, Ford’s legendary pony car, were not happy. Also at the managerial levels, it triggered a lot of discussions. But the idea, as we understand of carrying the Mustang legacy to the electric era, was the winning choice. Babyboomers who drove a Mustang in their youth could find themselves behind the steering wheel of an all-electric crossover which is easy to get on and off and also easy to drive with a high seating position. So Ford wanted to connect this generation with the future of mobility.
2021 Mustang Mach E is a direct response from Ford to Tesla. To be more precise, Mach E is a direct competitor of the most popular Tesla, Model Y. And the modern “pony car” is doing well. In the first five months of 2021, Ford manufactured 27,816 Mach E, more than the legendary, gasoline-powered Mustang sports car (26,089). Even if these numbers are reflections of the global chip shortage and Ford’s resulting priorities, it means something.
Traditional auto manufacturers take the EV game seriously and offer alternatives in the most important segments. FoMoCo aims that 40 percent of the company’s sales will be BEVs in 2030. Furthermore, Ford Mustang Mach E was the top-selling model in Norway in May. This Nordic country may be a small market in size with less than 200K units annually, but with good incentives and well-educated consumers, Norway is also a testing ground for the near future of the BEV market and sales elsewhere.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach E: Engine and Powertrain
Ford offers Mustang Mach E both in the rear and all-wheel-drive versions, with two battery options: A 68 kWh or the extended 88 kWh (usable) battery capacity, as our tester, the range-topping AWD Premium trim, was equipped with. As per EPA certification, the range is between 375 and 480 km.
As I took over our test vehicle at Media Fleet of Mississauga, fully charged the displayed range was 451 kilometres. During our test week, we drove the vehicle for 403 kilometres, and while dropping off, we still had 125 kilometres of juice. During this week, we had only one nightly charge at the 110 Volt regular outlet.
To sum it up, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach Ee does not give you much range anxiety, especially when you invest in a fast charger at home for which you can get a partial government refund.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach E: Interior
The interior shows its distance from the traditional Ford models. The dashboard and the interior spell simplicity and clean design. The material and finishing quality is convincing and honestly one level higher than the Tesla Model 3 / Y, its main competitor. The seats are comfortable and supportive. Although we did not have a very long drive to better assess the seat quality, everything looks good in this regard.
The small, fully digital 10.2″ instrument pod and the big, tablet-style 15.5″ vertical screen with most control functions in the centre reminded me of the first-generation Tesla Model S. Better than Tesla, Ford “inserted” a big, easy-to-use knob to the centre screen for the physical interaction. Sync infotainment software is user-friendly and offers a wide range of flexible configurations and features, as well as detailed information on where your energy went. This feature is highly desirable for BEV drivers.
The panoramic, fixed glass roof not only allows more sunlight into the cabin but also a sensible way to save some weight. If you let the electrons run and move the vehicle, every gram of weight-saving makes sense.
Split folded rear seats offer flexibility with the cargo space and this is the least you can expect from a crossover. The 821-litre cargo capacity can be increased to 1,687 litres with rear seats folded down.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach E: Driving Impressions
Objectively speaking, the driving pleasure the Mach E offers is also attributable to the nature of battery-electric vehicles. The instant torque available is far more superior to ICE vehicles with a gearbox. Drivers, who switched from an ICE vehicle to a BEV will understand what I mean.
I mostly enjoyed the merging of the highways while accelerating at highway offramps. With full-throttle your driving enjoyment is probably at its peak. This is a fast crossover by any measure. More interestingly, In typical EV fashion, a slight stab at the throttle launches this crossover forward with haste, but also in utmost quietness. Ford gives you available drive modes with “propulsion” soundsCaution is advised about the fuel-saving narrow and tall 225/55R19 tires. Allured by the torquey and fast driving and not used to these types of tires, you could easily lose some or full control while cornering if the traction control is off. On the plus side, the Mach E is a heavy vehicle with a low centre of gravity thanks to the sizeable better placed in the floor.
Our average “consumption” during our test drive 24 kWh / 100 km
2021 Ford Mustang Mach E: Pricing and Equipment
For details of the pricing and specifications of our tester, please see the window sticker below:
2021 Ford Mustang Mach E: Conclusion
Even if not in the next 3 to 5 years, the general consensus in the industry is that the future belongs to all-electric vehicles especially when considering the challenges with hydrogen power. Traditional auto manufacturers adopt strategies to gradually replace their ICE models. It is much more difficult than the case in Tesla with no ICE past.
FoMoCo, with its more than century-old manufacturing expertise, took a bold step to introduce a vehicle in a highly desired segment, that drives well and bears the reputational capital of Mustang. This Mustang is fun to drive, has an appealing design and a powerful engine.
At our company’s parking lot, I happened to park with a Tesla Model Y. ı enjoyed the conversation with the driver of the Tesla to find out which car was better. Although we did not come up with a definite answer, it looked like that the competition between these two cars will attract much attention and new entrants like the VW ID4 and Nissan Ariya will boost the excitement. very soon.
For more detailed and up-to-date information, please visit http://www.ford.ca
Article by Varol McKars
Photos by Dan Gunay and Varol McKars