2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E doubles-down on range promises with EPA certification
Ford has hit the Mustang Mach-E’s target range of 300 miles in EPA testing, as promised nearly a year ago when the electrified cross-over was revealed. Only one of the four powertrain configurations will get you there on paper, though Ford has shown their full-tilt extended-range eAWD models traveling over 300 miles in their own real-world tests.
The Mach-E is shaping up to be a competitive entry in the eCUV market, though the elephant in the room is the Tesla Model X. While it lacks the Mach-E’s graceful styling and high-performance promises, Tesla’s crossover remains the high-status option with its 371 miles of EPA estimated range and impressive gimmicks, such as the crowd-pleasing gullwing doors. But where the Tesla falters in build quality and reliability, Ford hopes to build upon its century of production wisdom to give the Mach-E a firm footing at launch with a dealership network that people trust from a sales and service perspective. Those are two areas where Tesla has gone to great lengths to redefine the market, though this has made it a challenge for them to serve some areas as reliably as other OEMs.
When deliveries begin making their way to owners next month, folks can expect about 266 horsepower out of both versions of the standard-range model, with the eAWD serving up 428 lb-ft while rear-drive owners will have to make do with 317 lb-ft. Those who check the box for the extended range models will get a healthy bump in power, with rear-drive models getting 290 horses (torque remains at 317 lb-ft) while eAWD models get a stout 346hp and 428 lb-ft — enough thrust by the silent hand of its front and rear motors to scoot to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, Ford estimates.