Ford 'Mach-E' electric crossover takes aim for Tesla Model Y
May 20, 2019  Lawrence Allan 

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Ford is poised to reveal what could be its most crucial (and controversial)
model yet: an all-electric, Mustang-inspired crossover.

Due to go on sale in 2020, a concept will be unveiled later this year and
the brand claims it will transfer the spirit of the iconic pony car into a
truly 21st century Tesla Model Y rival. 

Imagined by Autocar (above) the new model has yet to be officially named,
although Ford has reportedly ditched the originally floated ‘Mach 1’ tag
because of strong public opinion against the use of the branding
historically reserved for Mustangs. However, the Blue Oval recently applied
to trademark the ‘Mach-E’ nameplate, which seems a perfect fit, given the
car’s brief. 

The new car will be the first Ford designed as an electric car from the
ground up, with a bespoke new platform enabling both rear and four-wheel
drive. It will crown the brand’s wide-reaching electrification plan under
which European customers will be offered a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully
electric version of every new model launched. 

The only technical detail Ford has officially revealed is the car’s range:
it will be capable of 370 miles of WLTP-certified range on a single charge,
beating the Tesla Model X (351 miles) and Jaguar I-Pace (292 miles). A less
expensive version with less battery capacity and range is also expected. 
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Ford claims charging will be “effortless” and it is “redesigning the
ownership experience to ensure it addresses customer pain points that
currently hold back broad [electric car] adoption”. The car’s performance
remains undisclosed, although chairman Bill Ford has previously claimed it
“is going to go like hell”. 

At a Bank of America summit last month, a Ford presentation showed that it
would offer a higher-performance variant of the electric crossover,
targeting the more accelerative versions of Tesla’s EVs. Although it is not
officially confirmed, reports suggest Ford will reveal the car’s name along
with the concept before the year is out. 

Like many of Ford’s recent models, it’ll be a globally engineered vehicle
with few changes between regions. UK deliveries are tipped to start in
late-2020. It’s not the only EV in Ford’s product plan, because the
Michigan-based maker is also working on a more affordable electric
crossover. Codenamed CX430, it will be based on the latest

Focus platform and be similar to the Kuga. The CX430 has been in Ford’s
product plan for several years. 

The long-awaited push into electrification comes after news that Ford will
be dropping former best-sellers from its US line-up: the Taurus, Fusion and
Focus, alongside the Fiesta. Ford’s supermini never found huge popularity in
the US, but the momentous decision to end Ford’s 110-year presence in the US
passenger saloon market sent a clear signal that profitability, not
diversity, is the new focus for the brand. 

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prepares for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles by parting ways
with 7000 white-collar workers worldwide, about 10 per cent of its global
salaried workforce ... About 6000 blue-collar positions were cut, but most
of laid-off factory workers in the US will be placed at other plants mainly
that build trucks and SUVs ...

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