The all-electric 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E is the first addition to the Mustang line-up in more than 50 years. More than that, however, it marks Ford’s first full-blooded foray into the brave new world of all-electric vehicles. Prices range from $43,895 to well north of $60,000. However, it’s well worth noting that Mach E buyers are eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit. Even better, in some US states the total rebate could amount to as much as $10,000.
In another departure from tradition, the newest Mustang, in addition to being all-electric, isn’t so much a sports car as a 5 seater SUV. This more family-friendly Mustang will be available in 5 separate variants; Select, Premium, First Edition, California Route 1, and, of course, GT.
Battery Options, Range, & Charging
When it comes to batteries, there are 2 options. You can either opt for the extended-range 98.8 kWh battery pack or the standard-range 75.7 kWh version. The larger battery pack if teamed with rear-wheel drive promises a range in excess of 300 miles. For all-wheel-drive models, however, the range falls away slightly to around 270 miles. Meanwhile, the equivalent range-figures for the 75.7 kWh battery pack are estimated at 230 miles and 210 miles respectively.
The Mach E is offered with Ford’s patented Connected Charging System. The system’s improved charging efficacy does, however, come with a catch. To fully capitalize on the system’s accelerated charging rates of up to 32 miles of range per hour, you’ll first need to install a 240-volt outlet. That said, even with a standard 120-volt outlet, the system is still capable of adding 30 miles of range across the duration of a night’s charging.
Out on the road, Ford has partnered with Electrify America to provide Mach E owners with access to an unrivalled network of 12,500 public charging stations. Superfast DC charging can restore battery life from 10% to 80% in as little as 38 minutes. Moreover, to take some of the stress out of re-charging, the Mach E’s navigation system is designed to highlight the best places to fill up on electricity.
As you would expect given its automotive heritage, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E is no slouch. The top-of-the-line GT Performance Edition, for example, produces 459 horsepower and can hit 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. This makes it just as quick off the line as a Porsche 911 GTS or as its gas-guzzling sister the Mustang Shelby GT500.
Further down the trim line power outputs remain impressive, ranging between 255 and 332 horsepower. As a result, even the entry-level Select model can hit 60 mph in 6 seconds.
Communications and Entertainment
The launch of the Mach E also sees the debut of Ford’s boundary-pushing SYNC infotainment system. Intuitive by design, SYNC employs machine learning to automatically adapt to drivers’ preferences. Moreover, the system’s many apps and features, including a Bang & Olufsen audio system, are accessible through a sleek 15.5-inch touchscreen display.
Cargo space has been maximized by positioning the Mach E’s battery pack under the floor. Behind the rear seats alone, the Mach E offers 29 cubic feet of storage. When the back seats are folded down, however, this increases to up to 60 cubic feet. Moreover, if that wasn’t enough, the Mach E also offers a front trunk which provides an additional 4.8 cubic feet of storage.