With the highly-anticipated Mustang Mach-E presently in production and slated to begin deliveries this month, armchair analysts are eagerly ready to see the competitors that’s certain to unfold with Tesla. For months now, we’ve seen Model Y in opposition to Mach-E showdowns however if we transcend the floor degree, the 2 might be extra related than many may consider.
Above: Tesla’s Mannequin Y and Ford’s Mach E (Picture: Motor 1)
Getting the apparent out of the way in which, each autos are a part of an rising (and thrilling) electric crossover phase. Within the U.S, most crossovers sit inside an over-crowded car phase jam-packed with competitors throughout every standing class. These two, nevertheless, separate themselves from the remainder by competing in a smaller sub-category of electrification.
Primarily based on this, the Tesla Mannequin Y is expected to be the best-selling car from the corporate. Elon Musk explains, “We count on the demand for Mannequin Y will probably be perhaps 50 % larger than Mannequin 3, might be even double… As I perceive it, the midsize SUV phase worldwide is the preferred kind of car, so we’ll in all probability see a better quantity of Y than 3.”
With the Mustang Mach-E being labeled as Ford’s flagship electrical car, one may assume the same state of affairs. Nonetheless, till EVs start to outsell Ford’s ICE counterparts, it might be some time earlier than we see the Mach-E on the high of Ford’s inside leaderboards.
Pricing and specs, in the meantime, are a bit of a mixed bag. The place the Mustang Mach-E lags behind marginally in efficiency and vary, it has a little bit of an edge in affordability. Behind the numbers, although, are a few noteworthy similarities. Transferring away from the onerous knowledge, extra summary (but intriguing) parallels emerge.
A phrase of warning (prematurely): a few of these class comparisons are definitely up for loads of debate.
Tesla is, arguably, the best at ignoring (and abandoning) the outdated, high-pressure, ultra-salesy, franchise dealership mannequin. As an alternative, the Silicon Valley automaker is paving the way in which for a simplified, streamlined, and extra fashionable path-to-purchase for automotive consumers. No haggling, no pushy gross sales guys, no ready, and minimal bodily paperwork is concerned. Creating such a digital method has without end modified the trade as we all know it.
In flip, Ford has taken word and created its personal online buyers route for the Mustang Mach-E. Ford clients can head on-line to make their buy, pay for his or her buy, signal paperwork, get financing, and so forth. As well as they’ll have the ability to add insurance coverage, get trade-in quotes, and go for house supply all from an internet interface. Ford nonetheless has the extra frequent dealership route for these saddled with custom, however this new choice marks a primary for automakers exterior of Tesla.
Sticking with heritage, each of those electrical crossovers are American vehicles. Apart from that, the 2 have totally different (albeit distinctive) appears. The Mach-E encompasses a rowdier muscle automotive advanced whereas the Mannequin Y appears extra minimalist with fashionable smooth curvature.
Above: Ford Mach-E inside takes inspiration from Tesla (Supply: Ford)
Not like another vehicles roaming the roads, each of those EV’s are match with a excessive definition massive format contact display. Their digital shows are used to regulate the whole lot of their respective autos giving us a glimpse into the buttonless future.
Like most next-generation autos, each of those have a tech-oriented method. As we push in the direction of this “do much less, have extra” entitled future, tech is becoming the primary focus in at present’s automotive panorama. Tesla has confirmed to the world that over-the-air software updates merely work, and customers demand it.
With OTA, Tesla has been in a position to repeatedly enhance their autos. Tesla is ready to take suggestions and strategies from its neighborhood to maintain their buyer base continually marveling on the model because it’s at all times evolving.
Ford, in flip, is seeking to take the same method. Nonetheless, solely time will inform what the corporate does with its newest tech-oriented push. That stated, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is alleged to be fitted to over-the-air replace compatibility.
On this decade, you possibly can’t discuss tech with out discussing self-driving capabilities. The continuing race to a ‘robotaxi’ future is presently a precedence at each automaker. With its OTA updates, Tesla has been in a position to repeatedly enhance their autonomous options including updates like purple gentle recognition and different vital stepping stones in the direction of a full self-driving future.
In the meantime, with a 40% stake in Argo AI, Ford’s personal path to totally autonomous autos might probably be promising. The primary main Ford OTA replace has already been boldly introduced with the addition of hands-free driving stated to be coming someday subsequent 12 months. With commonplace adaptive cruise controls and their upcoming hands-free driving capabilities, Ford is hoping to problem Elon Musk and Workforce Tesla.
That stated, with billions of miles of real-world driving data from Tesla’s worldwide fleet of vehicles, the Silicon Valley automaker has no direct competitors to talk of — it is going to be tough for Ford (or every other automaker for that matter) to catch up on this space.
Ford hasn’t constructed up a charging community of its personal but. As an alternative, the FordPass Charging Network was cobbled collectively utilizing a patchwork of different charging networks similar to Electrify America, Chargepoint, and third-party chargers — inserting all of them underneath one umbrella.
Tesla additionally has entry to most of those third-party chargers. However, Tesla additionally has its personal massive Supercharger Network which permits its chargers to be available, constant, quick, easy-to-use, and spaced correctly for lengthy street journeys all around the US.
Whereas Ford’s method will allow street journey charging, the Supercharger community offers Tesla a proprietary edge (for now).
Nonetheless, each electrical vehicles will journey lengthy distances and supply numerous street journey adventures — whereas driving, fortunately, with zero tailpipe emissions.
An earlier model of this text appeared on EVBite. EVBite is an electrical car particular information website devoted to retaining customers up-to-date on any developments within the ever-expanding EV panorama.