Ford Mach-E 2021 – Review, Photos/Pictures Gallery

The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is Ford’s first all-electric crossover, and it was designed and named after the company’s iconic pony car. The Mach-E also pays homage to the “Mach 1” moniker that has been used on high-performance Mustangs of old. Ford said it went with the name because it needed the electrified crossover to be as desirable as a Tesla to usher in its new era of electric vehicles.

The Ford Mach-E 2021 will be Ford’s lone fully electric vehicle on both continents, having discontinued earlier EV models. In the U.S. it joins existing plug-in hybrid variants of the Escape crossover and Fusion Energi sedan, plus the Escape Hybrid and the Explorer Hybrid. Also planned is a Rivian-built Lincoln EV, reportedly arriving in 2022, and a battery-electric F-150, possibly in 2021, following a hybrid version.

New Ford Mach-E 2021

The past and the future collide on the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, which is inspired by the automaker’s unmistakable pony car and powered exclusively by electricity. Although it shares a name and familiar styling cues with the Mustang, the all-electric crossover otherwise is completely unrelated. With two available battery sizes and either rear- or all-wheel drive, Ford says the Mach-E can provide up to 300 miles of driving range. Its five-passenger cabin is fitted with contemporary features and cutting-edge infotainment options as well as some unique cargo and storage solutions. While purists might call an electric Mustang crossover sacrilegious, Ford expects the name and design adaptation to increase interest and help sell copies when the 2021 Mach-E goes on sale in late 2021.

Interior

The Mustang Mach-E’s battery is located under the floor of the car, which allows for maximum cargo and passenger space. Unlike its exterior, the inside of the Mach-E has little in common with the regular Mustang. Its streamlined dashboard hosts an attractive digital gauge cluster and is dominated by a huge vertically mounted touchscreen. A floating, flip-up armrest on the center console allows a purse or other items to be stored between the front-seat passengers. There are also many slick features that include customizable ambient interior lighting, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless charging, a panoramic sunroof, and more. The front trunk is made of durable plastics that can be rinsed and then drained, which allows storing ice and messy things. The Mach-E has 29 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and up to 60 with the back seats folded.

Exterior

The range-topping Mustang Mach-E with rear-wheel drive and the extended range battery boasts an EPA-estimated range of 300 miles. The all-wheel-drive version with the extended battery has an estimated driving range of 210 miles. However, there are a wider variety of ranges depending on the model and equipment, so we won’t know its real-world efficiency until we can test one on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy route.

Range, Charging, and Battery Life

The new 2021 Ford Mach-E has an EPA-estimated range of between 210 and 300 miles, depending on the battery pack and type of electric motors. Every model also has fast-charging capability. Ford claims it will have the largest charging network in the United States—even larger than Tesla. Its network will include 12,000 charging stations with a total of 35,000 stations in the U.S. and some parts of Canada. Every Mach-E comes out of the box with a Ford mobile charger that can add up to 30 miles of range per night with a 120-volt outlet and up to 80 percent of battery life overnight with a 240-volt outlet. A Ford charge station can also be ordered online and installed by certified electricians, with the ability to replenish 32 miles per hour and recharge the battery overnight.

Colors

To make that come alive, Ford offers a photo (above) showing dealerships with Mach-E reservations, and a breakdown of the most popular colors by state. The New England and Mid-Atlantic regions show a strong concentration of reservations, as well as the Great Lakes Region, California, and the Southwest. The upper Plains is by far the weakest area, suggesting buyers are still concerned about electric performance in extremely cold temperatures. To be fair, that’s not just a Mach-E issue but a general EV concern.

Fuel economy

The range-topping Mustang Mach-E with rear-wheel drive and the extended range battery boasts an EPA-estimated range of 300 miles. The all-wheel-drive version with the extended battery has an estimated driving range of 210 miles. However, there are a wider variety of ranges depending on the model and equipment, so we won’t know its real-world efficiency until we can test one on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy route.

Horsepower

The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is available with either a standard-range (75.7 kWh) battery or an extended-range (98.8 kWh) pack. These feed an electric motor mounted on the rear or both axles. That latter combination creates all-wheel drive and on the sporty GT model, the motors combine to make 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque. Ford claims this will send the Mach-E from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds. Less powerful models make between 255 and 332 horses and between 306 and 417 lb-ft. The Mach-E rides on wheels that range in size from 18 to 20 inches, and it can be had with adaptive dampers for adjustable ride firmness. However, we won’t know how it handles and drives until we get behind the wheel.

Technical specifications

The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is available with either a standard-range (75.7 kWh) battery or an extended-range (98.8 kWh) pack. These feed an electric motor mounted on the rear or both axles. That latter combination creates all-wheel drive and on the sporty GT model, the motors combine to make 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque. Ford claims this will send the Mach-E from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds. Less powerful models make between 255 and 332 horses and between 306 and 417 lb-ft. The Mach-E rides on wheels that range in size from 18 to 20 inches, and it can be had with adaptive dampers for adjustable ride firmness. However, we won’t know how it handles and drives until we get behind the wheel.

Price

  • Select: $44,995
  • Premium: $51,700
  • California Route 1: $53,500
  • First Edition: $61,000
  • GT: $61,600

When the 2021 Mustang Mach-E finally goes on sale, we’d choose the Premium model. It’s expected to provide 300 miles of driving range when paired with the extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, but we’d still choose the all-wheel-drive version, which knocks its estimated range down to 270 miles. Compared with the base model, the Mach-E Premium has more powerful fast-charging capability, 19-inch wheels, a Band & Olufsen sound system, a panoramic sunroof, and a power liftgate.

Motors

According to Ford, the mid-level AWD Mach-E should accelerate from 0-60 in somewhere between a base Porsche Macan and the Macan Turbo which should put it about the mid-5-second range. The Mach-E GT is expected to be similar to the Porsche 911 GTS or the mid-3-second range. If delivered, these numbers would put the Mach-E among the fastest Mustangs ever, with the GT in the ballpark of the latest Shelby GT500. Given the way most EVs sprint off the line, that should be quite achievable although it may fall a bit short of performance versions of the Model Y.

The motors are all permanent magnet types with integrated coaxial planetary reduction gears. The power electronics uses silicon switches and the system has a 400-volt architecture. The Mach-E will support 150-kW charging similar to the Audi e-tron but shy of the 270-kW for the Porsche Taycan. Nonetheless, a 150-kW charger can add 47 miles of range in 10 minutes and you can get from 10% to 80% charge in about 45 minutes.

The motors are oil-cooled and along with the power electronics and control software, all developed in-house at Ford. For initial production, a Ford supplier will manufacture the motors, but as production scales up, it plans to move motor production in-house.

Configurations

Let’s start with that base $43,895 version of the Mustang Mach-E, which Ford has dubbed the “Select” model. The Select Mustang Mach-E will be offered in both rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations when it ships in “Spring 2021,” and both versions use the same 75.7kWh “standard range” battery pack Ford has designed for its new EV. The RWD version will have a range of about 230 miles, and around 255 horsepower, with the ability to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in six or seven seconds. The AWD version will be about a second quicker at the expense of range, with an estimated 210 miles on a full battery. Both can charge at rates of up to 115 kW at DC fast charging stations, while the rest of the Mustang Mach-E variants will be able to charge at up to 150kW.

(All variants come with a home charger that can plug into 120V or 240V outlets, though Ford will sell a faster home charger, for which the company is partnering with Amazon Home Services to help with installation.)

The next level up is the “Premium” Mustang Mach-E, which starts at $50,600 and starts shipping late 2021. Customers can buy the Premium Mustang Mach-E with the standard range battery pack, or pay more for a 98.8kWh “extended range” pack. Each version can be optioned with RWD or AWD, meaning there are four possible range estimates here: 210 miles for standard range with AWD, 230 miles for standard range with RWD, 270 miles for extended range with AWD, and 300 miles for extended range with RWD.

Both AWD versions of the Premium Mustang Mach-E are supposed to be able to get from 0 to 60 miles per hour in the mid-five second range, while the RWD versions sit in the mid sixes. (Horsepower varies throughout between 255HP and 333HP.) Again, customers will be presented with the same basic tradeoffs: would you rather have a little more performance at the expense of range? Or would you rather have a bit more range at the expense of performance?

But wait! There’s more! Three more versions of the Mustang Mach-E, in fact, though they are each a bit more straightforward than the Select or Premium models.

The California Route 1 Mustang Mach-E will ship in “early 2021,” starts at $52,400, and only comes in RWD configuration with the extended range battery pack. Ford estimates it will get 300 miles of range and deliver 282 horsepower. The $59,900 First Edition is a limited-production initial run version of the Mustang Mach-E coming in late 2021 alongside the Premium model. The First Edition marries AWD with the extended range pack for 270 miles of range and 333 horsepower. It will come with special “First Edition” labels, brushed aluminum pedals, red brake calipers, and be available in a bright blue paint job that Ford won’t offer on most other versions of the Mustang Mach-E.

Then there’s the big kahuna: the Mustang Mach-E GT. This AWD-only version of the vehicle starts at $60,500, and comes with special GT badging and a metallic-looking front grille. It only squeezes about 250 miles out of the extended range battery pack, but that’s because it’s tuned for performance. In fact, while the other AWD versions of the Mustang Mach-E use different motors for the rear (210 kW) and front (50kW) axles, the GT uses the bigger electric motor on both, giving this version 459 total horsepower — allowing the GT Mustang Mach-E to make it from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a little under four seconds. If that’s still not enough, a GT Performance trim will make the run in just over three seconds.

Video

After taking the reins, Hackett established Team Edison, a group dedicated to developing business models that could make electric vehicles commercially viable for Ford. Among the first decisions made by Team Edison was an end to compliance cars. The EVs Ford would make had to be appealing enough to customers that they would want to buy them on their own merits. Team Edison would also put effort into addressing the pain points of EV ownership such as charging access.

Having clearly learned from the market (if not business) success of Tesla, the original vehicle concept was ditched and a more performance oriented SUV was adopted instead. The world got the first hint of this at the January 2018 North American International Auto Show when Ford showed a teaser video showing a Mustang and an Explorer entering the Corktown Factory home of Team Edison, mixing with lightning bolts and ending with the Mach 1 badge.

Photos/Pictures Gallery

The new Ford Mach-E 2021 is the first vehicle built on Ford’s first dedicated EV platform. Like other contemporary EVs, this is based on a skateboard platform that was articulated by GM’s 2002 Autonomy concept. The same premise has been adopted in varying forms by most companies now developing or building EVs. The central portion of the chassis consists of a large, flat lithium ion battery pack. Frame rails form the perimeter and provide extra protection against side intrusion.

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