Ford unveils Mustang Mach E, its first all-electric SUV



What's in the name?

Ford Motor Co has tried and failed to generate interest in utilitarian electric vehicles such as a battery-powered Focus compact car. Now, the company is using the high-performance image of its Mustang muscle cars to sell an electric SUV.

Here are some details of the Mustang Mach E's design and performance.

The Mustang Mach E name is a reference to the high-performance "Mach 1" versions of the Mustang sports car that Ford has offered at various times.

How much will it cost?

Ford says the Mach E will start at about $43,000. There will be three versions to start with: Select, Premium and First Edition. In 2021, Ford plans a "California Route 1" model and in the spring of 2021 a high-performance GT model.

How long will it run on a charge?

Ford is aiming for 230 miles (370 km) of driving range per charge for standard models, and 300 miles for "extended range" models. The rival Tesla Model Y sport utility has a 300-mile range for rear-drive models and 280 miles of range for all-wheel drive and performance models.

How fast is it?

Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk pioneered high-performance electric vehicles.

Ford plans to join Porsche and other automakers in catching up. Ford is aiming to make the standard Mach E's time from 0 to 60 miles per hour faster than the least expensive Porsche Macan sport-utility. The Mach E GT's acceleration target is in the "mid-3-second" range - on a par with a high-performance Porsche 911, Ford said.

How big is the dashboard screen?

Ford will offer a 15.5-inch screen in Mach E. The Tesla Model 3 offers a 15-inch (38 cm)screen. Ford has developed a new generation of its Sync infotainment software that can be updated over the air, like a Tesla.

When will the Mach E go on sale?

Ford will start taking reservations for Mach Es on November 17, asking customers to put down a $500 deposit. Vehicles are scheduled to start shipping to customers in late 2020.

Where's the growl?

Mustang coupes deliver a distinctive engine growl that is as much a part of the brand as the pony logo. The Mach E will have no pistons or exhaust pipes. Ford said it will make noises in three modes: Whisper, Engage and Unbridled.

How much can it haul?

The Mach E will have 59.6 cubic feet of load space with the rear seats folded down. The vehicle will also have a front trunk, or "frunk," that can carry 4.8 cubic feet of stuff - and has a drain in the bottom that makes it usable as a drink cooler.

News Source: Economic Times, Url: https://bit.ly/2Oz5qS3

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