What Aspiring Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Mechanics Need to Know About the 2021 Mustang Mach-E
When thinking of a Ford Mustang, it’s easy to picture the classic two-door muscle car, equipped with a V-8 engine. This textbook image, however, will soon be challenged by the all-new Mach-E from Ford, which is not only a four-door crossover, but totally electric to boot. In this revolutionary model, the Mustang logo comes to be associated with something completely different—fortunately, without giving up the performance specs typically seen in Mustangs.
Let’s take a closer look at the Mach-E.
Any Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Mechanic Will Be Impressed By the Mach-E’s Performance
Although the Mach-E is an all-electric vehicle, Ford isn’t making any sacrifices when it comes to performance. In fact, this new model will be in competition with manufacturers like Tesla. Those with hybrid and electrical mechanic training should know that there is no gas-powered or hybrid version available, and this electric car comes with two battery pack options. Drivers can choose between a 75.7 kWh battery pack, which the base model is equipped with, and a 98.8 kWh battery, which is available on extended-range Premium models. As for range, the rear-drive option’s charging capacity allows for 370 km of travel, whereas the all-wheel drive option gets 340 km, with a horsepower of 255 and 306 lb-ft of torque.
As for the Premium model, the horsepower increases to an output of 332 and 417 lb-ft of torque, and the extended range sits at 480 km for rear-drive and 435 km for all-wheel drive. Mustang will also offer a higher-performance version of the Mach-E, which will have a GT badge. This model will have 459 horsepower, 612 lb-ft of torque, and should go from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. The Mach-E may be electric, but Ford certainly isn’t skimping when it comes to performance.
In any all-electric Mustang, we’d expect some top-notch technology and safety features. The Mach-E doesn’t disappoint in this department, and is equipped with Ford Co-Pilot360 advanced safety features and has an option for Active Drive Assist. Without Active Drive Assist, the Mach-E still comes with a lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, a blind-spot monitor, an automatic braking frontal collision warning, and more.
With the Active Drive Assist option, drivers can let the vehicle take over on approved roads, so long as they’re still paying attention. Similar to Cadillac’s Super Cruise system, which a hybrid and electric vehicle mechanic might have heard about, the Active Drive Assist system will be disabled if it detects that the driver’s eyes aren’t on the road.
What Car Fans Can Expect From the Interior
The Mach-E is roomier than you would expect for a crossover of its size, with a solid amount of passenger space and cargo space for a 5-seater vehicle. The cabin has a neat feel, and attention is drawn toward a large central touchscreen-style infotainment system with a wide range of menu options. The Mach-E is equipped with Ford Sync, a system designed to commit driver preferences to memory over time. However, there are conventional buttons for the phone, stereo, and cruise control, and a more traditional gear knob. This Mustang may look different, but it’s certainly an exciting addition to the lineup!
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