The Ford Mustang Mach-E may soon dwarf the Ford Mustang, the iconic pony car from which the brand originates, in the aspect of current popularity. Production data shows that Ford makes more Mustang Mach-E electric SUVs at the Cuautitlan plant in Mexico than Mustang sports cars at the Flat Rock plant in the U.S.
Ford manufactured 27,816 units of the Mustang electric version this year, which is marginally higher than the year-to-date production volume of the Mustang – 26,089 units. The price, practical body style, and the benefits of an EV make the Mach-E a compelling choice for a wide band of customers though it lacks the Mustang’s big attractions that have been tightly associated with the name for six generations now.
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In the U.S., Ford sold 10,510 units of the Mach-E between January and May this year. California is by far the largest market for the electric SUV, with one out of every four Mach-E units sold in the state. Nearly 70% of Mach-E customers are new to the Ford brand. Jim Farley Jr., President and CEO, Ford, revealed this statistic during the Q1 2021 conference call. He said:
The new Mustang Mach-E is proving to be a hit with customers just a few days on lot with very strong demand in North America, now in Europe, and coming to China. And it’s also bringing in new customers to the brand almost 70%.Jim Farley Jr., President and CEO, Ford
At the 2021 Capital Markets Day event, Lisa Drake, COO, Ford (North America), briefly talked about the sales mix of the Mustang Mach-E’s various configurations while reiterating the above statistic originally shared by Farley Jr. She said:
Approximately 70% of Mach-E orders came from new customers coming out of other brands. This exceeded our expectations, proving we can grow our brand by electrifying our icons. And the mix of the Mach-E orders is very strong, with 90% high series premium vehicles and more than 80% long range batteries, again, exceeding our forecast.Lisa Drake, COO, Ford (North America)
Ford Mustang Mach-E – Variants, Features & Price
Ford offers the Mustang Mach-E in its home market in Select, California Route 1, Premium, and GT trims, with prices starting at USD 42,895, USD 47,600, USD 50,400, and USD 59,900, respectively. Currently, there’s an official estimated waiting period of 16+ weeks for the Mustang Mach-E Select and Mustang Mach-E California Route 1, 24+ weeks for the Mustang Mach-E Premium, and 28+ weeks for the Mustang Mach-E GT. The Mustang Mach-E GT is available in a Performance Edition with higher performance parameters optionally, at a premium of USD 5,000 (MSRP: USD 64,900).
The Mach-E can achieve a range (EPA est.) of up to 230 miles with the Standard-Range 68 kWh battery pack or up to 305 miles with the Extended-Range 88 kWh battery pack. Rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are the drivetrain layout choices, with the RWD configurations featuring a single motor and the AWD configurations packing two motors. With up to 480 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque, the Tesla Model Y rival accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds (targeted time).
On the production of the Ford electric car
Achieving the Mach-E’s production compatibility required the Cuautitlan Izcalli plant to undergo some significant changes. Ford manufactured the Fiesta here from 2010 to 2019, and the assembly of a BEV is quite different from that of an ICE vehicle. It took the company approximately one year to integrate new technologies and make the plant meet the requirements.
As part of the upgrade, the Cuautitlan Izcalli plant became the first Ford production facility globally to implement an artificial vision system. Thanks to its 190 Fanuc-type robots, 90% of the process can be automated. This plant has new stamping dies as well now, weighing between 20 and 40 tons, and a crane-type gripper and two hooks that can lift 50 tons. The Mexican facility is also the first one to implement an anti-collision and anti-pendulum system in the cranes. These are only a few of the many changes the Cuautitlan Izcalli plant adopted to become ready to build pure electric vehicles.
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