Mustang Mach-E: Ford's First All-Electric Plug-In SUV - Rolling Stone
×
Home Culture Culture News

The Mustang Grows Up — And Goes Green

By calling a plug-in SUV a Mustang, can Ford make it cool?

mustang mach-e

Ford

Since 1964, the Ford Mustang has been something of a pop culture icon: Steve McQueen drove a 1968 Mustang GT in “Bullitt”; Serge Gainsbourg sung about making out in a Mustang; Vanilla Ice rapped about his rolling in his Mustang “5.0”. For over a half century, the performance coupe has been noteworthy for three reasons: it’s attainable, fast, and fun.

Now Ford is hoping to keep the car cool by going green, expanding the Mustang line with a new model called the Mustang Mach-E. It’s a double departure, of sorts: it’s the first four-door model that will wear a Mustang badge; but more significantly, it’s Ford’s first all-electric plug-in SUV.  

Despite having four doors and space for five people and their stuff, the Mustang Mach-E will not not be frumpy. A “GT Performance Edition” will hit 60 in about three-and-a-half seconds — quicker than the Porsche 911 GTS, Ford points out. The Mach-E’s range is impressive: An extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive model travel will travel at least 300 miles on a single charge — similar to Tesla’s upcoming Model Y compact crossover.  

Though the Mach-E has the raised profile of an SUV, you’ll notice some signature Mustang design cues: Its long hood, three-part tail lamps; its high haunches, and a familiar pony badge up front. Inside the cabin, there are two digital displays, one of them being a Tesla-like 15.5” touchscreen. The vehicle was tuned by Ford’s Performance team utilizing the brand’s racing simulator in North Carolina.

The Mustang Mach-E project began in secret in 2017, and came from an internal group called “Team Edison”, says Ted Cannis, Ford’s Global Director of Electrification, adding that the Mach-E is part of Ford’s plan to invest eleven and a half billion dollars into electric vehicles by 2022. Cannis says that the Mach-E will fill a gap in the electric vehicle market: “Before, (electric vehicles) were either cheap-and-cheerful science projects, or very expensive products,” he says. The Mach-E’s price will hit in the mid range of EVs, spanning from around $44,000 for a base model to just over $60,000, minus a $7,500 tax credit.  

Bill Ford, the company’s Executive Chairman, says he had to be convinced that something called the Mustang could be anything other than a sports coupe — until he drive the Mach-E.  “We’ll still have the Mustang for the people that want to drive a fast sports car. And we’ll have the Mach-E for customers who want a car that goes like hell, but you can put your family in.”

The first Mach-E deliveries will occur in late 2020; reservations are being accepted now.  

Newswire

Powered by
Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. Path Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. Plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch.