Thought the mighty Mustang could never go electric? Think again, with Ford joining the ever-growing list of major manufacturers hitting the streets with all-electric versions of their famous classics. While Ford has been slow to join the ranks of electric and hybrid vehicle manufacturers, there’s a number of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and all-electric models in the pipeline.
We’ve got everything you need to know about the new electric Mustang, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, Ford’s first-ever electric car and a ride soon to be a sure-fire hit on every list of the best electric cars.
Mustang Mach-E key stats
First things first: the Mustang Mach-E is not a ‘traditional’ looking Mustang. The all-electric sports SUV features the same famous name and familiar styling cues, but that’s where the similarities end with this truly modern vehicle. Built on an all-new platform, it’s available with either a 76 or 99 kW battery, and with either a single motor (rear-wheel drive) or twin motor (all-wheel drive) layout. Intended as a competitor to popular Tesla models, the Mustang Mach-E was unveiled in 2020 as a 5-seater with an impressive 480 horsepower.
Battery and charging
With a range between 340 and 490 km, depending on the battery pack and type of electric motors, every Mustang Mach-E also includes fast-charging capability, with a Ford mobile charger that can add nearly 50 km of range per hour and up to 80 per cent of battery life overnight with a 240-volt outlet. A dedicated Ford-branded charge station can also be installed to add 55 km per hour and fully recharge the battery overnight.
Ford’s Mustang Mach-E gets speeds of almost 180 km/h and an acceleration of 0–100 km/h in 5.1 seconds. The steering, suspension and handling still deliver a hint of their Mustang pedigree. Like most electric cars, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is a joy to drive with three different driving modes: active, untamed and whisper. Each mode allows you to get the most out of your driving experience to suit your preferences. The Mach-E is a top contender for the title of best electric crossover SUV, alongside the Audi e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQC, or Jaguar I-Pace.
Interior technology and features
The Mustang Mach-E’s battery is housed under the floor of the car for maximum cargo and passenger space. Interior features include an attractive digital gauge cluster with a 15.5-inch touchscreen, customisable ambient interior lighting, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless charging, a panoramic sunroof and more. Impressive technology inclusions like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and a Bang & Olufsen audio system are included as standard.
Ford Mustang Mach-E also includes a 402 L boot and if you pack around the cables there’s a bit more space underneath. With the seats folded, the space expands to 1,420 L, and there’s around 100 L more in the front storage under the bonnet.
2021 Mustang Mach-E is available with a wide array of driver-assistance technology like forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is sure to get plenty of interest for its impressive specs and style. You can browse this new electric car’s namesake, the Mustang, on Gumtree now.