After getting a high-profile preview at November’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford’s new Mustang Mach-E appears to be off to a good start.
- The Mach-E will be Ford’s first long-range battery-electric vehicle.
- Range varies, depending on battery pack, with the extended-range version topping 300 miles.
- Prices start at $45.000 but will approach $70,000 for a fully loaded Mach-E GT.
According to the Detroit automaker, it’s now filled the U.S. order bank for the First Edition Mustang Mach-E, though a small number of them can still be ordered overseas.
Ford hasn’t revealed hard numbers, but Navigant Research analyst Sam Abuelsamid estimates about 10,000 customers have signed up for the First Edition, one of five planned variants of the sporty new electric SUV. Ford insiders have hinted the company is hoping to move about 50,000 Mach-E battery vehicles worldwide during the first year of production.
The Mach-E is expected to go up against the Tesla Model Y, though the California automaker is seeking significantly higher volumes. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has forecast demand will be twice as high as for the Model 3 sedan which ended 2019 with sales of around 300,000 vehicles.
The First Edition will use two motors delivering a combined 333 hp. (Photo: Ford)
The Mustang Mach-E First Edition will feature two motors, 210 kilowatts on the rear axle, 50 kWh up front, delivering a combined 333 horsepower. Base versions of the electric SUV will use a single rear-mounted motor making 250 hp. The Mach-E GT will get twin 210-kW motors, for a combined 459 peak hp and 612 lb-ft of torque.
The First Edition should be able to hit 60 in the mid-3-second range and get 270 miles per charge. Over 80% of those placing advance reservations have so far opted for the extended range battery, a third of them choosing the Mach-E GT.
The first Mustang Mach-E SUVs are expected in showrooms by autumn – though the GT won’t arrive until spring 2021.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Despite strong hype, sales of most long-range BEVs have fallen well short of expectations. If the preliminary numbers hold, Ford’s Mach-E could finally give a bit of a challenge to Tesla.