Those who saw the automobile electrification process Like a dead end in which all the excitement was going to be lost when driving, they missed the shot. Although it is true that the new generations of electric motors have been designed, for the most part, to offer a relaxed driving in which efficiency must prevail, several movements have emerged within the automotive industry itself, willing to demonstrate what Electricity does not have to be a synonym for boredom at the wheel. And the one led by Ford with the Mustang Mach-E is a clear example.
Above all, we must recognize the risky maneuver made by the oval company when launching its first series-production electric car. And it is that Ford, far from proposing an urban vehicle that allows us to travel the most congested cities in the cleanest way (which this particular Mustang also does), has opted for the most complicated maneuver. Create a high-performance sports car as a demonstration of what electric propulsion technology can offer. And the result could not be more satisfactory.
SAME SPORTS ESSENCE
Ford has chosen one of the most relevant icons in its long history, the Mustang to develop its first 100% electric vehicle. A denomination that of the mythical American pony that, in addition, is accompanied by the nickname “Mach”, used by the oval signature in the most exclusive special editions of this legendary sports car, as is the case with the last and spectacular Mustang Mach 1. With all this, what could be an affront to the most staunch fans of the original Mustang, becomes a proposal for an SUV coupe cut with an extreme sporty character capable of not leaving even the most purist indifferent.
Under a slim silhouette of 4.71 meters in total length, the Mustang Mach-E hides a great display of engineering under a body in which the blue oval does not appear at any time, to leave all the prominence to the wild horse logo.
An elegant but at the same time sporty suit on which a range is articulated that basically combines two types of batteries with front or four wheel drive systems. Standard battery 75,7 kWh It can be associated with a rear engine, or with two and have all-wheel drive, in both cases with 269 horsepower. For the first option the autonomy is 440 km, while for the 4 × 4 version it is 400 km.
On the other hand, the extended range battery of 98,7 kWh capacity, it is also available in rear-wheel drive (RWD 294 hp) or 4-wheel drive (AWD 351 hp) variants, with a range of 610 y 540 km, respectively. For those looking for the most radical origins of the Mustang, Ford will expand the range at the end of this same 2021 with the Mach-E GT version with the 98.7 kWh battery, dual four-wheel drive motorization and 465 hp capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.7 seconds, and reaching a range of 500 km.
Ford has managed to transfer all the sporting essence of the Mustang to this 100% electrified proposal.
To manage the level of performance and power delivery, the user has three driving modes; Active, the most balanced between comfort, performance and efficiency, Whisper, in which savings and comfort predominate, and Untained, with which the highest performance is obtained. Highlights the possibility to activate the engine sound option, which sets the interior of the vehicle and makes the driver forget that he is at the wheel of an electric.
Despite its more than 2,000 kg of weight, the Mustang Mach-E has specific solutions such as the location of its battery in the lowest and central point of the car, below the axles, which reduces the maximum center of gravity and a more than efficient dynamic behavior is ensured. And all this under the ecological label that accompanies this innovative Mustang, which even In its access version, it benefits from the aid of the MOVES III Plan.
A very comfortable sports car
The 4.71-meter-long SUV coupe configuration gives the Mustang Mach-E a a most outstanding habitability. In addition, it offers a remarkable load capacity both in its 402-liter boot, as in the gap under the front hood that adds other 81 liters of space.
The minimalist interior design has as its main reference the large 15.5-inch center screen diameter. From this device, practically all vehicle functions are managed, also operable with voice commands, and managed with the latest generation of the system. Ford SYNC.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.