Ford’s Alliance With Volkswagen Means the Next Ford EV Will Be a Badge-Engineered ID4 Crossover
The Ford-Volkswagen alliance has been brewing for a couple of years now. Things started looking stale in between, but it looks like everything is getting back on track.
According to Ford Authority, the alliance between the two automakers is expected to be finalized by the end of June. Also, the German automaker’s board has approved several projects, one of which is a new Ford electric vehicle that will be underpinned by Volkswagen’s MEB platform. Do you think it will be a badge-engineered ID.4 crossover?
The Ford Mustang Mach-E Could Be More Powerful Than Expected
The 2020 Mustang Mach-E is a very important product for Ford. The SUV is the first all-electric vehicle in the company’s lineup and Ford decided to attach the iconic Mustang nameplate to it for some reason. This also makes it the first all-wheel-drive Mustang-badged car ever to leave Ford’s production line.
FoMoCo launched the product last year and started accepting orders around the same time. The SUV is due in 2021, but Ford has made a few changes to the power specs. According to macheclub, some models are expected to receive increased power figures. There is no word on a price increase, so this is good news.
Ford’s Name For Its New Charging Network Will Take You Back to Third Grade
It’s good to see Ford rolling out fast-charging stations for its electric cars, but what’s with the name? Ford has named its charging station as it filed a trademark for "Fastor Charge." It’s quite surprising that the company went with this spelling variant of "faster."
This is essentially Ford’s version of the much-better sounding Tesla Supercharger. The name has certainly intrigued everyone and people are talking about it, so perhaps, it’s a win-win situation for Ford - a charging network that is being talked about by netizens and will have a good brand recall in the future. Ford has also come up with a logo for it.
The Ford F-150 PHEV Will Have Enough Electric Range to Get You Down the Driveway
Since the electric F-150 is still some time away, the focus has been on the plug-in hybrid version of the truck lately. What made this news even interesting was that the hybrid version would be based on the 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost engine. Basically, a lot of hopes were pinned on this hybrid mill considering it would serve as a bridge between the internal combustion engine range to a pure electric truck and would give us an idea of what to expect.
Well, as it turns out, Ford just pulled one over on us. According to Car And Driver, the PHEV F-150 will run only 10 miles on electric electric before switching back to gas. So much for all the buzz surrounding the mill.
Watch a 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E Accelerate Swiftly on Polished Concrete
Although it was unveiled with big fanfare at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford’s Mustang Mach-E all-electric crossover made an appearance in Chicago as well. There, journos had the chance of taking it for a quick spin as well as get up close and personal with the EV. Mind you, the car was nothing more than a pre-production prototype.
Either way, those present for the test drive got to see just how quick the Mach-E is from a standstill, and by the looks of it, it’s pretty zippy, even if the conditions weren’t ideal. And by conditions we mean the rolling surface.
This Ford Mustang Mach-E Pickup Rendering Could be a Perfect Electric Ranger Raptor
Ford’s decision to use the “Mustang” name on the Mach-E electric crossover opened a lot of doors, some of which Ford may or may not want to be opened. One of these doors leads to a long and window road riddled with speculation about Ford’s future plans for the “Mustang” name. Is the Mustang Mach-E a one-time deal that Ford did to generate interest in the electric crossover by having it carry the “Mustang” name? On the flip side, does Ford have plans to use the iconic nameplate on other non-muscle car models? Rendering artist Aksyonov Nikita wondered the same thing, but instead of waiting for an answer, he decided to create a rendering on one possible non-muscle car model that could use the “Mustang” nameplate in the future. Meet the Ford Mustang Mach-E Truck.
Ford Hopes That Fake V-8 Engine Noise Will Help You Forget that the Mach-E Isn’t Really a Mustang
The Ford Mustang Mach-E proudly carries the nameplate of the iconic muscle car, but as an electric crossover, the Mach-E noticeably lacks the aggressive exhaust note that has come to define the Mustang name. Ford knows this, and instead of letting the Mach-E sound like a wispy electric car, the Blue Oval decided to inject an audible soundtrack that would convey the typical sounds of power and performance without compromising the crossover’s all-electric persona. The result is a sound that imitates an internal combustion engine without one actually being there.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Just Introduced the Ford Sync 4 Infotainment System
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E might be famous for being the first Mustang with an SUV body, but it’s much more than that. On top of being the most efficient electric car created by Ford so far, it also introduces a brand-new version of the company’s SYNC infotainment system, which comes with a massive 15.5-inch touchscreen. If you want to find out how future Fords will look inside the cabin, take a good peek inside the 2021 Mustang Mach-E.
Mustang Expert and Historian Starts a Petition to Change The Mustang Mach-E’s Name
News that Ford wanted to name its first electric SUV the Mustang Mach-E raised quite a few eyebrows and upset some hardcore Mustang fans, but it seemed one of those cases when everything will be forgotten once the hype fades way. The 2021 Mustang Mach-E just debuted at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show and it seems we were wrong.
Jimmy Dinsmore, a Mustang enthusiasts and historian, was so upset by the idea that he started a petition to change the crossover’s name. And as of November 20, 1,500 have signed it and the number keeps growing.
Ford Is Limiting the Mustang Mach-E Production in the First Year, But It Won’t Sell That Many Anyway
Ford president of automotive, Joe Hinrichs, has revealed that the Blue Oval plans to build 50,000 units of the Mustang Mach-E in its first year of production. As eye-popping as that figure sounds, it’s actually capped to that number, at least in part, because of battery availability.
The volume is enough to raise some eyebrows, but not at all surprising. The more important question is whether Ford can actually sell 50,000 units of the Mustang Mach-E in its first year of production. Given the current landscape of the market, it is reasonable to think that even if Ford “caps” production to 50,000 units in the first year of production, it might not be able to sell that many anyway.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is an all-electric crossover than Ford unveiled in November 2019. Described as a model that expands the Mustang lineup, the 2021 Mustang Mach-E doesn’t have much in common with the muscle car. Although some of its design features are loosely based on the Mustang, the 2021 Mustang Mach-E is a full-fledged crossover and, more importantly, it’s an all-electric model. The 2021 Mustang Mach-E revives the Mach badge after 15 years, but with a big change that reflects the electric drivetrain. The battery-powered SUV will hit dealerships in 2020 and will compete against the Tesla Model Y. and Jaguar I-Pace. Let’s find out if it’s good enough in the review below.
Ford F-150, Rivian R1T, or Tesla Cybertruck? The Electric Pickup Truck Battle Has Already Begun!
The latest segment to be hit by the electrification bug is pickup trucks. Although some electric firms - Tesla and Rivian - have been into electrification for years, mainstream automakers have also decided to jump in before it gets too late. The Tesla and Rivian war has been on since the two decided to enter the electric pickup truck foray. The two have been approaching the segment differently and have kind of eased into their spaces. Now that Ford is developing an electric powertrain of its own for the F-150, things could get even more exciting. I’ve listed out five possible scenarios that may or may not be hypothetical.
Ford Used Its High-Tech Racing Simulator to Tune the Mustang Mach-E
Ford Performance has a super-cool, state-of-the-art racing simulator, and it’s not afraid to use it on its street cars as well. That’s how the freshly-released Mustang Mach-E became the first road-going Ford that had its parameters optimized using the 3D sim located in Concord, North Carolina.
Once the Ford GT was out of the pipeline and the Blue Oval could finally think about planning a return at Le Mans, the need for a racing program spruced to attention. To sustain it, Ford built the 33,000-square-foot Technical Support Center which helped other similar efforts along the way. But until now, it was never used in the development of a mass-produced street-legal car. The Mach-E changed that.