The all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E will probably not reach Europe this year, but only at the beginning of 2021, according to emails from Ford to reservation holders in some European countries. In the email, the US car manufacturer gives the reason as being the Covid-19 pandemic-induced interruption of production.
The emails were published in the Mach-E Forum and addressed to customers in Great Britain, France and the Netherlands. A Ford spokesperson told Electrek that although a parallel market launch is planned for the end of 2020 in the USA and Europe, customers in Europe will still have to wait. Apparently delivery will be delayed until early 2021 because of the additional time needed to ship the vehicles from the production plant in Mexico.
Ford has not yet named an exact month for the market launch, simply saying it is scheduled for the “end of 2020.” Although this gives US carmaker a certain amount of leeway, the company has also given a deadline of 31.12.2020. This could mean that only a small number of vehicles are delivered in the USA at the end of 2020 and a larger number in North America and Europe only at the beginning of 2021.
The supply chain for the Mustang Mach-E is quite complex: some components come from the USA, others are manufactured by subcontractors near the assembly plant in Mexico. However, the important battery cells have already crossed the Atlantic once before they are installed in the vehicle: They are manufactured by LG Chem in Poland, as Ted Cannis, head of global electrification projects at Ford, confirmed in an interview with electrive.
Most recently, Ford announced that the Mustang Mach-E’s quick-charging function works better than calculated. Internal practical tests had shown that the batteries – both in the standard and extended range versions – were charged around 30 per cent faster than in the simulations.
With reporting by Sebastian Schaal, Germany
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