Mustang Mach-E production starts in December
Ford apparently wants to start series production of the purely electric Mustang Mach-E in December. As buyers of the model report in forums, they have received e-mails from Ford with a concrete production date for their particular model. The earliest confirmed date is 7 December.
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“We are excited to let you know your 2021 Mustang Mach-E First Edition has been scheduled for production. Your vehicle is scheduled to be built the week of December 7 2020,” says a mail to Ford customers posted in the Mach-E Club forum. According to other forum entries that did not provide direct quotes from the company, production dates in November have already been mentioned, with others in the week from December 21. The week of production seems to depend on the equipment, the engine and partly on the paint job but exactly when the Mustang Mach-E will be delivered was not mentioned in the customer mail.
Ford previously announced that the Mustang Mach-E would be available in the US from the end of 2020, even though larger quantities will not be delivered until 2021. The electric compact SUV is considered a potential competitor to the Tesla Model Y.
For the US market, Ford only recently reduced the price of the vehicle slightly – by between $1,000 for the most affordable equipment line and $3,000 for the premium version. They now stand at $42,895 and $54,700, the equivalent of 36,300 and 46,300 euros respectively. All Ford electric cars in the US qualify for $7,500 tax credits because Ford (unlike Tesla and GM) has sold few electric cars to date and has not yet reached the threshold for the tax credit.
In Europe, the Mustang Mach-E is scheduled for launch at the beginning of next year. An exact date, from when binding orders in Germany are possible, has not yet been revealed. Prices in Germany start at 46,900 euros for the basic version 66,800 euros for the First Edition.
The Mustang Mach-E, which was unveiled in November 2019 in Los Angeles and was toured as part of the “Go Electric” roadshow across Europe, with its European premiere in London in February 2020. At the roadshow station in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Ford then announced at the end of September that the Mustang Mach-E GT would also be available in Europe from the end of 2021. At its 2019 premiere, the 342 kW top model was announced for the USA only. Only a few weeks later, the high-end model of the electric car series celebrated its official German premiere in Hamburg. At the same time, Ford also announced the charging rate at Ionity’s rapid charging stations and the wallbox partners for Europe.
Update 18 January 2021: While Ford managed to keep their timeline of launching Mach-E deliveries last year, only a total of three Mustang Mach-E were handed over to customers at the end of December 2020. In the meantime, there is a statement from Ford as to why deliveries of the Mustang Mach-E are stalling. After several customers reported in forums that the delivery of their model had been postponed by several weeks, Ford explained on request that they were carrying out “additional quality tests on several hundred Mustang Mach E”. “We want to ensure that the vehicles meet the quality our customers expect and deserve,” Ford said in an identical response to queries from US electric vehicle news sites InsideEVs and Electrek.
In the emails to customers, Ford also gives the reason of wanting to ensure customer satisfaction. Some of the planned delivery dates have been postponed by more than a month from the beginning of February to mid-March.
The Electrek news site, which is often close to Tesla, refers to the statements of Darren Palmer in view of the problems with additional quality checks. The chief developer of the electric car division at Ford lashed out at Tesla at the turn of the year.
macheclub.com, reddit.com via forbes.com, insideevs.com, electrek.co (both update)