• The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is a Carbon Copy of the Tesla Model Y, But What Does Elon Musk Think?

Believe it or not, Elon Musk actually likes the Mustang Mach-E

Thoughts on the use of the Mustang and Mach names on Ford’s latest electric crossover aside, you have to admit that it’s a pretty compelling package for an all-new model. As a mass-produced, heavily funded, stone-cold competitor to the Tesla Model Y, you would think that Tesla and Elon Musk would be a bit worried about the Mustang Mach-E. On the contrary, though, Musk is actually pleased and “excited” about it.

Elon Musk Was Excited to See the Announcement of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Elon Musk, and Tesla in general, have always been about encouraging other automakers to bring sustainable EVs to the market. One could even argue that Elon Musk, for better or worse, is the reason that we’re in the middle of this crapshoot that is the evolution from gas-powered vehicles to battery-powered vehicles.

Despite the fact that the Ford Mustang Mach-E is a downright carbon copy of the soon-to-hit-the-market Tesla Model Y, Musk was quite pleased to see Ford’s movement into the EV sector.

We’ve yet to see an automaker actually do what Tesla does. Sure, models like the Jaguar I-Pace promise something similar, albeit with a shorter range, and Mercedes is on the edge of competing with the EQC. But, mainstream automakers don’t only find it difficult to compete but find it hard to even get the same attention or following. When was the last time you heard someone talk about the Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes EQC, or Kia Niro EV the way Tesla fanboys talk about the Model S, Model X, Model Y, Roadster, or Pickup? Models like the Kia Niro EV have been on the market, and models like the yet-to-be-revealed Tesla Cybertruck and Model Y garner more attention.

Elon Musk has always said that he welcomes competition and that his whole goal is to encourage other automakers to follow suit. Well, in the face of true competition, he held true to his principals, as you can see in the tweet above. It’s commendable, to say the least.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E Really Is a Tesla Rip off

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Range, Power, and Selling Price Aside, you can’t argue against the fact that the Mach-E looks a hell of a lot like the Tesla Model Y.

The are some minor differences between the two. The Mach-E does have a longer hood, the rear end sits a little lower, and the roofline is a little less bubbly, but even the waistline is damn near identical, as are the body lines on the side. It almost looks like Ford stole the Model Y’s CAD files and tweaked them just a bit. You’d think Musk would be pissed, but at least he holds true to his principals.

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The craziest part is that the Mach-E Competes in just about every category from sprint performance, to range, to pricing.

Check out the charts below or learn more about that from Ciprian and his deeper look into the Model Y and Mach-E.

Final Thoughts

Say what you want about Tesla, at least Elon Musk really is excited about new electric cars coming to the market, even when they are blatant rip-offs of Tesla’s design or have the ability to really compete. The thing is that Ford is actually hoping that using the Mach and Mustang name will make the EV more relevant and marketable, but we’re not sure that’s the case. That really didn’t work out for Mitsubishi and the Eclipse Cross, and it didn’t even work for Chevy when they plastered the Blazer name on a family-oriented, not-going-off-road crossover. One day, maybe automakers will realize that certain names belong to certain types of cars. Mustang and Mach are about muscle, not fast crossovers. We’ll have to see how this plays out, but chances are the whole play on the name isn’t going to help move the crossover as Ford hoped it would.

Robert Moore
Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read full bio
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