After we have been invited to Ford’s campus in 2019 to take a look at what we’d be taught was the brand new Mustang Mach-E, we have been informed we have been witnessing the way forward for the enduring 118-year-old American auto producer. We quickly realized that Ford wasn’t simply messing round with one other compliance EV, it was constructing a sport CUV and throwing their most prized emblem on it.

Quick ahead to 2021. I acquired an opportunity to drive the Mach-E for a full week, and this wasn’t a Southern California summer time jaunt, when most EV drives are scheduled. It was Nor’easter-plagued late January in New York, together with a snowy highway journey to Vermont. I at the moment drive a Tesla Mannequin Y as a day by day driver and have been driving EVs completely for a decade, so this Mustang isn’t my first rodeo.

Two issues earlier than we begin

  • I’m not going to wade into the “Is the Mach-E a real Mustang?” debate. That is the one Mustang constructed since my beginning that I’m tremendous hyped about, so clearly I’m not a conventional Mustang fan. It seems sufficient like a Mustang and it’s quick af, in order that’s the tip of the talk as far as I’m concerned.
  • Clearly Ford took quite a lot of Tesla’s concepts and ran with them. We’ve covered that debate for better or worse here. As a Tesla driver for over eight years and a present Mannequin Y proprietor, I’ll share some comparisons all through.

Dealership? No, thanks

I ought to word right here that Ford offered the Mustang Mach-E First Version, drove it to my home, after which picked it up every week later. Not solely was this cordial, but it surely allowed me to completely skip the configuration, ready, and most significantly, the dealership expertise that almost all new Mach-E consumers will reside by way of. My expertise with Chevy and Toyota sellers within the space has been abysmal to the purpose the place it has stored me from shopping for a automobile from them. Tesla’s owned shops have been a lot better, however in truth, I’d moderately simply order on-line.

Ford is assembly us midway right here, permitting us to cost the automotive on-line and plunk down $500 a la Tesla, however you continue to have to choose up your automotive and theoretically haggle your approach out the door of a Ford dealership. We’ve heard stories of dealerships marking up Mach-E pricing as much as $15,000, which I’m certain Ford isn’t happy about.

Presently on Ford.com, there isn’t any signal of the Mach-E on the homepage, however for those who go a click on in, you’ll discover the Mach-E and the configurator. The primary possibility set is to decide on a vendor. I did this all the way in which to the cost display and it took about two minutes, was very clear and concise, and appeared straightforward sufficient. Most significantly, my native vendor gave me Ford’s MSRP pricing.

Paying on-line eliminates the worst a part of the vendor expertise and retains the service half, which, relying who you ask, is both higher or worse than Tesla’s service because it grows.

Mach-E inside/exterior

Electrek‘s Fred Lambert acquired the attractive Rapid Red Mach-E to test in Montreal, and I used to be informed {that a} “Grabber Blue” one was out there, if I used to be keen to attend just a few weeks. Carbonized Grey it’s, however at the very least this factor has sick pink brake calipers! The colour could seem slightly boring, particularly in case you are searching for evaluate footage that actually pop, but it surely’s laborious to move up a Mach-E for every week.