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  • - An electric Mustang is an idea

  • that seemed almost unfathomable just a few short years ago,

  • but now it exists.

  • Ford went really far out on a limb here

  • by calling this thing a Mustang and you know what?

  • It's pretty good.

  • (upbeat music)

  • I'm not gonna beat around the Bush here.

  • The Mustang Mach-E is the most competent electric vehicle

  • not made by Tesla or Porsche on the road right now.

  • And in a few areas is maybe even a little bit better

  • than the EVs Elon Musk has been making for the last decade.

  • The Mustang Mach-E is really solidly built.

  • It's a lot of fun to drive.

  • It has plenty of range for daily driving and short trips

  • and it puts technology front and center

  • in a way that other automakers usually mess up.

  • It's not exactly cheap.

  • It starts at around $43,000 and this version

  • which I tested for the last week with all wheel drive

  • and the extended range battery pack costs about $55,000

  • but it can be more affordable than a Tesla Model Y

  • or even a Chevy bolt, depending on which version you buy

  • because Ford's cars are still eligible

  • for that full federal EV tax credit.

  • And it's certainly more attainable

  • than the luxury electric cars

  • that currently make up the EV market right now,

  • like the Jaguar I-Pace, the Mercedes-Benz CQC

  • and the Audi e-tron

  • but Ford dared call this a Mustang.

  • So let's start with a few Mustang things, like performance.

  • There are five total models with a variety

  • of ranges from 211 miles to 305 miles.

  • The model I tested had a range of about 270 miles

  • and could go from zero to 60 in just about five seconds.

  • That's not the quickest version Ford will sell,

  • that'll be the GT performance coming later this year

  • which can do it in 3.5 seconds.

  • There are three driving modes,

  • Unbridled has the tightest steering

  • and the quickest acceleration,

  • and is basically your best bet

  • for flirting with local speed limits.

  • Whisper is of course the quietest mode

  • and also offers the loosest steering

  • and really smooth coasting

  • when you pull your foot off the throttle.

  • Engaged is sort of a middle ground,

  • a mix of somewhat sporty driving

  • but without the oomph of unbridled mode.

  • I should say, this doesn't have the same kind

  • of heart-stopping acceleration that the Porsche Taycan

  • or Tesla's performance models offer.

  • If you want that from the Mustang Mach-E

  • you're gonna have to wait

  • and pay more for the GT performance or regular GT version.

  • But I found this had enough giddy-up

  • for me in an SUV of this size

  • and while I was comfortable with 270 miles

  • I wouldn't want to buy one with less.

  • There's another component to the Mach-Es Mustangness

  • that we should probably talk about

  • and that's it's looks.

  • I did think it looked a little bit strange at first,

  • especially with the grill less design

  • on the model that I tested,

  • but it really grew on me over time.

  • I don't love the metallic silver color that I had on this.

  • I would've much rather tried the really bright blue

  • that our video directors, Becca and Alex,

  • had for this shoot.

  • And I also like the sort of yellowish orange

  • that Ford's keeping for the highest performance models

  • that are coming out later.

  • I'm less in love with the look of the car

  • from the rear where it looks like

  • the Mustangs iconic tri-bar lighting is sort of trying

  • to escape from the back of a more pedestrian SUV.

  • Overall though, I think Ford did a good job

  • of making it just as different enough

  • that it catches people's eyes

  • without making it too strange.

  • I got a lot of thumbs up and questions about it

  • when I was driving and parking it over the past week.

  • And you can tell that people were really familiar with it

  • in a way that I wouldn't have expected.

  • - What are you driving?

  • - An electric Mustang.

  • - What the, that is so sweet.

  • I was like, it's got ponies on it, it says mach.

  • - That's a good thing for electric cars,

  • which Tesla aside have so far looked so different

  • that they're kind of off putting

  • or so similar, in some cases,

  • that it's hard to tell what's different about them at all.

  • One place where I think Ford has a leg up over Tesla

  • with the Mustang Mach-E is, shocker, build quality.

  • On the outside there aren't any big seams between the panels

  • and then on the inside, everything just feels

  • really well put together.

  • There's not a lot of road noise.

  • It's just pretty clear that this is coming

  • from an automaker that has spent a century

  • almost perfecting the car making process.

  • The interior is really comfortable without feeling so nice

  • that you wouldn't want to eat a cheeseburger in it

  • and it's just really spacious too.

  • There are also a bunch of USB-A and USB-C ports,

  • which is a nice touch, and a wireless charging pad

  • which I love except for the fact that my iPhone

  • kept sliding around while I was driving

  • which prompted a really distracting error message.

  • But the big draw is the main 15.5 inch portrait touchscreen

  • on the dashboard.

  • First, I love the physicality of it.

  • Despite the floating effect,

  • it really feels solidly bolted on

  • and better yet like you could sort of hammer away

  • at the screen for years without something going wrong.

  • The quality of the panel is great too,

  • the graphics are crisp and the colors are bright.

  • You really have to go hunting

  • to see any pixels or jagged edges.

  • Now the logic of the software

  • on the main screen feels a little bit fuzzy.

  • There's an almost webOSy card based system

  • that surfaces frequently used functions

  • but it doesn't offer quick access to deep menu settings

  • like drive modes or screen brightness

  • which I think would be more useful.

  • There are also just little quirks

  • that I couldn't really stand,

  • like how Ford's mapping system doesn't let you move

  • the map to repopulate search results

  • when you're looking for say, EV chargers.

  • And while this is a touchscreen

  • there's also a big silver volume knob at the bottom

  • which has pretty satisfying feedback

  • but I just use the volume button

  • on the steering wheel most of the time.

  • One more thing that I wish was a little bit different

  • about this user interface was just

  • a little bit more customization

  • on the instrument cluster screen like the ability to put,

  • say how many kilowatt hours per mile

  • you're using or other things.

  • Ford has a couple of different versions that will pop up

  • depending on which driving mode you're in

  • but there's no real customization as to what's

  • on that screen behind the steering wheel

  • and I kind of wish there was.

  • These are all things that could be changed

  • with over the air software updates,

  • which is something for as promised with the Mustang Mach-E.

  • It's something that Tesla has popularized over the years

  • but big automakers usually tend to get wrong.

  • So here's hoping Ford it actually gets it right.

  • There's one big feature that is still missing right now

  • on the Mach-E that I wish I could have tested,

  • which is that Ford's promising

  • a true hands-free driving mode.

  • It'll be the first in Ford's lineup

  • and it's basically comparable to what GM and Cadillac

  • have been doing for the last few years with Super Cruise.

  • In its place right now there's just

  • a more normal advanced driver assistance package

  • which does include things like lane centering,

  • but I did find it to be a little finicky.

  • Even when the true hands-free driving option comes out

  • it'll only be available on highways

  • that Ford maps ahead of time,

  • and there's a camera behind the steering wheel

  • that's actually on this version of the Mach-E already

  • that'll be tracking your eyes

  • to make sure you're paying attention to the road.

  • So don't expect this to be some fully self-driving car.

  • For the most part of the Mach-E is a really great experience

  • but the biggest drawback is the same drawback

  • of any EV that's not a Tesla right now.

  • Charging.

  • Charging in the U.S is just a mess.

  • There are all sorts of different networks

  • with different charging rates,

  • with different pricing structures,

  • different upkeep for those charging stations

  • and it's just a real hit or miss experience

  • that's difficult to navigate

  • even if you know all of that going in.

  • You have to be pretty highly educated

  • on what the different services are and what they offer,

  • and even then you can still run into problems.

  • For example, I went to an Electrify America station,

  • this is basically Volkswagen's version

  • of Tesla supercharger network, and still ran into problems.

  • I would plug the Mach-E into one outlet

  • and it would give me an error message.

  • I would plug it into another

  • and it would charge way slower than it should.

  • It's enough of a drag already to know

  • that you're gonna have to spend maybe 30 minutes,

  • 40 minutes, maybe even longer at slower stations

  • but it's worse when you get there

  • and you have to spend more time doing this little do-si-do

  • between all the different charging stations

  • just to find one that's working.

  • And if Volkswagen's network isn't going to be able to do it,

  • then the smaller networks are certainly gonna

  • have trouble with it and even when they work well

  • they're charging your car more slowly.

  • This is a problem and it needs to be fixed.

  • It's not necessarily Ford's problem to fix.

  • Though I will say, Ford is collecting all of these networks

  • and sort of combining them into what it's called

  • the FordPass Charging Network.

  • In theory, it's a really good idea,

  • they're making all these charging networks easy to find

  • in the FordPass app or in the dashboard screen of the Mach-E

  • so that you have a one-stop shop for your nearest charging.

  • And Ford is also even trying to bundle some

  • of those services together into your Ford accounts

  • so that you don't have to have

  • all these different charging accounts and charging apps,

  • you could theoretically just pull up,

  • plug in and let it take care of all of the financial stuff

  • in the background that doesn't quite work really well

  • just yet and the problem that Ford's going to face with this

  • is that people are going to buy this car

  • and use those charging networks

  • and into some of those problems

  • and they might wind up thinking,

  • "Boy, Ford's charging network is a real bummer."

  • And so I hope that those charging networks

  • can improve really quickly and in fact,

  • a lot of them are all out there right now

  • raising a lot of money trying to do just that,

  • but even in a best case scenario,

  • it's gonna be another couple of years

  • before we have something that's really comparable

  • to the Tesla Supercharger network

  • or big enough to handle the market that these automakers say

  • they're gonna be able to create with electric vehicles.

  • Now, a few other things before I'm done here.

  • One, I didn't have much need for it during the week

  • I spent with this car but there's a lot

  • of good storage in the Mustang Mach-E,

  • the front trunk is especially big.

  • The