Ford's taking on Tesla with a electric "Mustang" SUV

Sean O'Kane was at the launch event for the Ford Mustang Mach-E last night and has all of the details. And there are a lot of details: including the fact that it could have up to 300 miles of range.

Even better: Sean spent quite a bit of time with the car and has some firsthand impressions and some beautiful photos. Click:

+ Up close with Ford's Electric Mustang, the Mach-E

I feel like if Ford had just not made this thing a "Mustang" then nobody would be griping about its weird grille. Sean swears it looks better in person and says that if you can move past all that, the car is further along than you might expect (mostly)

Polarizing bits aside, what struck me the most about seeing the Mustang Mach-E in person is how much it already feels like a complete package, despite having a year to go until it ships. (Save for the software, that is, which wasn't even close to working in the models Ford showed off Sunday night. Woof.) That's a testament to the work done by "Team Edison," the group inside Ford that has been developing the Mach-E since mid-2017 after pivoting away from a Focus-based electric car.

That sound you're hearing is not the artificial car noises the Mach-E makes by force of law, it is my mornful keening over the possibility (likelihood) that typically terrible car software will ruin an otherwise great car. 

The Tesla comparisons are inevitable and warranted, but I think Sean's right to hold back on getting too deep into them until we see much more from Ford. A lot is going to depend on how well Ford executes in the coming year.

Bottom line: this is a very ambitious vehicle, and it's fascinating to see Ford throw so many different options at the wall. Here's just a taste of the many variations Ford is selling

Let's start with that base $43,895 version of the Mustang Mach-E, which Ford has dubbed the "Select" model. The Select Mustang Mach-E will be offered in both rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations when it ships in "Spring 2021," and both versions use the same 75.7kWh "standard range" battery pack Ford has designed for its new EV. The RWD version will have a range of about 230 miles, and around 255 horsepower, with the ability to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in six or seven seconds.

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