The Mach-E is Ford’s all-new electric vehicle. Since this uses the same name as the gas-powered Mustang car, it will be marketed as an SUV to separate the two for marketing purposes. But this is one SUV that is unlikely to be driven off road. In addition to the name, both share the traditional triple-slotted taillights and horse emblem on the outer body panels.
This is an all-electric car. That means it must be plugged into a power outlet to operate. The amount of time varies depending on charging station. A 240-volt unit will provide 20-30 miles of charge per hour for a total 10-15 hours for a full charge. A typical household 120-volt plug can be used, but it only gives 3 miles per hour. These options are usually done at home. So yes, if you buy this car you will likely need to have a charger installed in your garage to be practical. If there’s a charger where you work, it can be an advantage.
Ford is hooked to a network of 13,000 chargers nationwide for those who want to travel. I was informed that some stations have the ability to super-charge up to 40 miles per hour, but I was not able to try one for verification.
Shoppers for this Mach-E need to do their research because there are five models to pick from. Starting at $44K, the base version offers 266 horsepower and 230 claimed miles of range. Ours is an upgraded unit with 346 horsepower and 270 listed range. It starts at $49K, with $56K after options. The one I really want is the GT that will be introduced this fall. It has a whopping 480 horsepower and a massive 634 pound-feet of torque. The claimed 0-60 mph time is a brisk 3.5 seconds, with 270-mile driving range. Estimated price is about $65K.
The question often asked is why anyone would buy this Mach-E over the proven and popular Tesla electric car competition. Both are good picks, but this Ford has a few advantages. First, it is designed and produced by a real car company. Secondly, it is built like a real vehicle, with solid body structure and sturdy materials. Third, its ride quality, handling, steering and overall experience feels like a real car or SUV. Aside from the sound of whirring of electric batteries and motors, there is nothing to distract from the driving experience. It’s obvious the Ford engineers put a lot of effort into the design.
The Mach-E has been a hit, and the supply has not kept up with demand. While I personally am not ready to give up gas cars to go electric yet, those who want to switch should give this Ford a look. There are also tax credits that might drop the price tag.
Chad Haire, of Phoenix, test-drives vehicles for this feature.