feel like every electric car I’ve written about so far has come with an asterisk. We all want the future of widely available, fun-to-drive, zero emissions vehicles to be here already, but to-date, everything has been a little slow, a little boring, or so limited in range that most of us couldn’t or wouldn’t drive them. Or, they’ve been expensive and available in limited numbers. This new Ford Mustang Mach-E is the car that will change that. It’s fast. It’s practical. It’s affordable. And, most importantly, you’ll be able to buy one just like any other normal car.
Let’s get some specs out of the way. The Mach-E, which will go on sale late in 2020, starts at $43,895. That’s before the $7,500 federal EV tax credit. That base model is rear-wheel drive, and comes with a 75.7 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack good for a 230-mile range. Its 0 to 60 miles per hour time is in the mid-six-second range, and there are three trim levels between that base model and range-topping GT. Depending on how you mix the options—all-wheel drive, a 98.8 kWh battery pack, more powerful motors—you can take that price as high as $60,500, drop the 0-to-60 time as low as mid-three seconds, and push range as far as 300 miles.
The average transaction price for a new car in the United States right now is $30,000. Ford is pegging the Mach-E’s premium not only on zero emissions, but also on performance. The slowest version makes 332 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. The most powerful version makes 459 horsepower and 612 pound-feet. As a point of comparison, the 2020 Ford Mustang GT—the one with the V8 internal combustion engine—starts at $35,630 and makes 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet, which is good for a 0-60 time just under four seconds. Unlike the Mach-E, it can’t seat five people in comfort, and obviously emits dead dino fumes.