Electric cars were already pretty cool. But they just went up a notch with the unveiling of the Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV. It's fast, it's roomy, it's all-wheel drive and it's all-electric. Ford is moving fast and furious to offer a lineup of electric vehicle (EV) options that appeal to many drivers – from sports car enthusiasts to trailer-pulling pickup lovers.
I recently sat down with Dave McCreadie, Manager of EV Energy and Data Services at Ford Motor Company, to learn more about the company's electrification plans and the Mustang Mach-E.
Debbie: Can you give me a quick overview of Ford's EV strategy?
Dave: Ford is investing more than $11 billion to bring hybrid and fully electric vehicles to our lineup by 2022. We plan to electrify our most popular nameplates, including Mustang Mach-E, a fully electric performance utility, and the Ford F-150. We are also participating in initiatives to develop charging infrastructure and making EV ownership a more desirable and rewarding experience.
As you know, we just revealed the all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV, which will arrive in late 2020. The Mustang Mach-E embodies the Mustang spirit – from its sleek silhouette and muscular curves to exhilarating drive experiences that offer unique driving dynamics and sounds.
Mustang Mach-E instills confidence, targeting an EPA-estimated range of at least 300 miles with the available extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, offering built-in charging solutions that route customers to nearby public charging stations, recommending where to charge on trips and providing access to over 12,500 public charging stations in the FordPass charging network.
Debbie: What can drivers expect to pay for the Mustang Mach-E?
Dave: The 2021 Mustang Mach-E pricing will start at $43,895; reservations are open now. We also will be offering a number of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) including the 2020 Escape, 2020 Fusion and 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring.
Debbie: Ford has announced a partnership with Rivian to offer an electric SUV. Can you tell me more about this partnership?
Dave: Sure. Ford and Rivian formed a strategic partnership through a $500 million minority investment. We plan to build an all-new battery EV using Rivian's flexible skateboard platform.
Debbie: Ford announced drivers will have access to public charging stations throughout North America and options to make it easier to charge at home. How will that work?
Dave: Ford is offering its all-electric vehicle customers North America's largest EV public charging network, with more than 12,000 places to charge, including fast charging, and more than 35,000 charge plugs – more than any other automotive manufacturer, addressing a big concern for those switching to all-electric cars.
All new Ford all-electric vehicles, including the Mustang-inspired SUV arriving next year, will come standard with a Ford Mobile Charger that can charge regardless of outlet power [120- and 240-volt outlets 7-kilowatt (kW) cord when on 240V, 32 amps]; for those with longer commutes or who want greater peace of mind, a Ford Connected Charge Station up to 10 kW can fully power a vehicle overnight while they sleep.
To make life easier, Ford has teamed up with Amazon Home Services to offer installation of home charging setups. Whether Ford customers need a 240-V outlet installed or choose the Ford Connected Charge Station option, they will be able to see up-front pricing estimates and schedule a licensed and vetted electrician online.
Also, through FordPass on a mobile device or in each vehicle's on-screen dashboard, customers will be able to monitor charging at home and easily find and pay for easy, one-stop charging at FordPass Charging Network stations.
Debbie: Thanks, Dave, for filling us in on Ford's exciting plans to offer customers a variety of electric options.
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Until next time,