The glacial tempo at which a few of the world’s main automakers are electrifying their product line-ups might be slightly irritating. I’ve been notably vital of Ford, though there’s clear proof that the Blue Oval desires that to alter. It invested $500 million in Rivian, an electric car startup that has additionally seen huge funding from Amazon. And it’ll use Volkswagen’s MEB structure to construct battery EVs for European markets. But subsequent 12 months, earlier than both of these efforts bears fruit, we’ll get to see Ford’s first in-house, long-range BEV hit the showroom. And now it is official—the brand new car will likely be badged the Mustang Mach-E.
Right now there aren’t actually any extra particulars to share. I’ve heard rumors of a 4-second 0-60 time and 300+ miles of vary for the range-topping model. But I’m off to California tomorrow morning for an embargoed briefing on the brand new BEV, and you will have to attend till the Mach-E is revealed to the world at 6:30pm ET on Sunday, November 17 to search out out what I discovered. You’ll additionally be capable to put a refundable $500 deposit down as soon as the automotive is unveiled by Idris Elba through livestream, in each the US and EU.
As of now, all I need to formally share are the above pictures of the plastic, faceted pony that Ford despatched out as an invitation and the augmented actuality model taken with the occasion app that Ford made me obtain. If you are notably taken with the stealth-horse, hold an eye fixed out for our end-of-year charity drive, as it is going to be up for grabs (together with a really heavy Mustang Shelby GT500 supercharger paperweight).
There have been some spy pictures of the Mach-E which have escaped into the wild, which present that Ford is leaning into the Mustang styling hyperlink with the tail lights, which can little doubt inflame feelings among the many Mustang’s large fanbase, lots of whom are already furious in regards to the pony automotive’s identify being given to a four-door crossover. If that is you, head to the feedback now and unleash that invective! But individuals purchase crossovers, and Ford desires to promote BEVs, so purists be damned, I guess.
Listing picture by Jonathan Gitlin