Ford Mustang Mach-E in Haverhill MA

   

   
       

Overview

       

Maybe you've heard the buzz about Ford's relatively secret new vehicle that's in the works: a Mustang-inspired, all-electric crossover utility vehicle. Since crossovers have become all the rage in the automotive market, and electric vehicles (EVs) have arrived as the future of the industry, Ford is taking this trajectory seriously by combining those elements. This upcoming crossover EV should show American drivers that alternative-fuel vehicles can be powerful, capable, and good in the snow. While some might say that electrified cars, for the most part, were made to favor efficiency over fun, there's some untapped potential that this concept vehicle might show us when it becomes available in 2020 or 2021.

       

Ford has done a good job keeping things relatively hush-hush, but the time has come for its official reveal of the Mustang Mach-E electric crossover. To watch the live unveiling, go to Ford.com at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 17. After this event, anyone interested in buying a Mustang Mach-E can reserve a placeholder with a deposit ($500) via the official Ford website. Then, when production time nears, those who have reserved the vehicle can choose their colors, options, and so on.

       

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Meet the Mustang Mach-E

   

In 2018, Ford announced plans to launch a new electric crossover that would be heavily inspired by their timeless muscle car, the Mustang. As this concept has developed, there were a few rumors going around before the official name was determined: the Ford Mustang Mach-E. The name is an ode to the Mach 1 Mustang, a speed-focused variant, but with the letter E representing its electric powertrain.

   

Under the hood, things remain pretty mysterious, although Ford has said to look for an all-electric powertrain that should exceed 300 miles on a single charge. Based on this information, the Mach-E's battery pack will probably be close to 100 kWh, which is about the size of the Tesla Model S Long Range. Look for two electric motors, one up front and one in the rear, and available (or even standard) all-wheel drive as well. There may also be a high-performance powertrain, but perhaps as a separate variant altogether.

   

So, while we can't expect every Mustang enthusiast to be initially excited about an alternatively powered crossover styled after the beloved Pony Car, any naysayers out there could be in for a pleasant surprise. For starters, it makes absolute sense from a marketing perspective: crossovers are the hottest thing in the automotive market (and have been for at least a couple of years), and more and more drivers are interested in eco-friendly alternatives. The blend of utility, power, versatility, and environmental responsibility promises to be a solid formula for vehicle sales. One thing's for sure: we'll be waiting impatiently for Ford to confirm more details.

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