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Ford Mustang Mach-E shown in Europe

Ford Mustang Mach-E shown in Europe

The Ford Mustang Mach-E has certainly generated headlines since its announcement. Less for its character and features and more for the questionable naming. The one thing that cannot be denied is that the new electric Ford is going to change motoring in a big way.

The Europeans got to look at the Ford Mustang Mach-E before North America as the automaker launched its new electric crossover in London.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is going to change motoring because it is Ford’s first volume production electric vehicle. It is also going to be used as the flagship vehicle for Ford’s future range of 18 electrified vehicles that are coming over the next two years. Those vehicles will include full and mild hybrids and not just pure EVs. So there’s a lot riding on the Mach-E.

Why London?

Apparently the UK capital was the first city to bring up the clean air debate and introduce pollution regulations. It was also the first city to introduce a Congestion Charge, a fee for non-essential cars to enter the city to help reduce cars in built-up areas and therefore, reduce pollution in the city.

Add to that the fact that European engineers had a hand in the Ford Mustang Mach-E’s development and modified the global model to suit Europe’s roads. That means tweaking the chassis, suspension, steering, stability control and the AWD system to suit the unique demands of roads in Europe.

More details emerge

Pre-orders have already begun in some territories with first deliveries happening at the end of this year. The cost is still officially unannounced but someone in London said the base price was around £42,000 which is equivalent of $72,640CAD up to £60,000 which is $103,772CAD at today’s exchange rate. Those prices have yet to be verified.

More interestingly, someone at Ford said 85% of those pre-orders opted for the extended range version. That uses the 98.8-kWh battery instead of the standard 75.7-kWh. This gives a range of up to 600km.

European owners will also be able to use the Ionity Charging Network once it has been completed. This is a fast charging network founded by Ford, BMW, Daimler and VW Group. Once up and running, you would be able to charge your Mach-E with 93km of range in as little as 10 minutes.

I am looking forward to seeing a Ford Mustang Mach-E up close. While I don’t like the name, I like the design and its intentions. It removes the range anxiety that stops the uptake of more EVs while keeping the price sensible if not universally affordable. As this is designed as a volume car, if anyone can make EVs affordable, it’s Ford!

The Ford Mustang Mach-E should be hitting production this fall. Pricing and Canadian order book opening to be announced. Check with Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2 to more details.

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