The Mustang-Inspired Ford Mach-E EV Will Be Offered in RWD Guise
Electrify America tried to make it right, but once it’s on the internet….. well, you know.by Robert Moore, on
Ford has been touting that its new Mustang-inspired Crossover EV, the one that will probably be called the Mach E, will be able to be charged all over North America. We know this because it was announced that it’s partnering up with Electrify America. That’s all well and great, but Electrify America’s version of the press release pointed out that the new electric SUV will have an “estimated range of 300 miles with an extended battery and rear-wheel drive, in late 2020.”
Ford is Being Very Secretive about the Mach-E EV
It wasn’t that long ago that I talked about how Ford was being shady by changing up the advertised mileage range shown on the official Mach-E website. Is it possible that the range dropped from 370 miles to “an EPA estimated 300” because engineers over-estimated what the RWD version of the Mach-E would really be capable of? That makes sense to me, but then again, I’ve also been accused of being overcritical of automakers, so take that as what you will.
The real point of interest here is that Ford is planning to offer a RWD version of the Mach-E. What’s even more important, though, is that the Mach-E won’t be capable of getting anywhere near 300 miles of range unless you go for the RWD model. Adding another electric motor in the front and an additional draw from the battery means that the Mach-E won’t be able to boast that 300-mile capacity most of the time – unless you opt for the RWD Mach-E, in which point you’ll probably find winter driving in areas that get a lot of snow a real bitch.
Ford is remaining quiet about the whole thing and has even made Electrify America change its press release. Of course, the press release on PR newswire still has the blurb and The Drive managed to get a screenshot before the PR was changed too. Sorry, Ford, but you know there’s a lot of truth in saying that once something is on the internet it never goes away.
What We Know About the Ford Mach-E EV Crossover
Right now, we know precious little about the Mach-E, but we do know that there will be at least two models offered. The long-range model will be the one we’ve discussed here today with RWD only and, you can probably bet it won’t nail that 3.5-second sprint to 60 mph, either. No, that type of performance will only be afforded by a dual-motor setup (AWD) and, even then, make that sprint more than a few times, and that 300-mile range goes down the toilet faster than last night’s meatloaf.
Now that we’ve learned about the RWD version of the Mach-E, we can also assume that other information from that leak last April – you know, the one by a supposed Ford engineer – is true. That means the Mach-E will probably look like the Jaguar I-Pace instead of being an EV version of the Ford Escape. I guess you can praise Jesus, Allah, the Universe, or whomever else you believe in for that one. And, that also means that a Lincoln-branded version of the same car will come in the near future as well with obviously nicer materials and similar specs. I would expect to see the AWD model get somewhere in the neighborhood of 220 miles or so with the RWD getting more like 270 miles in real-world use. Pricing for the Mach-E should be in the neighborhood of $40,000 - $60,000 to help it keep up with the Tesla Model Y, while the Lincoln-branded model will start at no less than $50,000. Expect a debut in mid-2020, probably at the Detroit Auto Show in June, with Sales to commence near the end of 2020 with the Mach-E wearing a 2021 model year sticker.
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