Car and Driver has named the Ford Mustang Mach-E its 2021 EV of the Year, praising its “sweet balance between practical and visceral.”
When Ford unveiled the Mach-E for the first time, some of the criticism it received had to do with the name. To long-time fans of the Mustang, it almost seemed like an insult to the muscle car to stamp its storied nameplate onto an electric SUV. But in hindsight, Ford made the right move.
As the industry shifts toward EVs, we’re told that we should drive them because they’re better for the environment. And while that’s true, that’s not always motivating. When you have to spend time behind the wheel every day, you want something fun, rewarding, and engaging—and that’s exactly what the Mustang Mach-E provides.
“Ford has built an EV that’s suited to kid-hauling duty, Costco runs, and daily commutes but that doesn’t strip the soul out of driving,” Car and Driver explains. If it stopped at innovative features, high-tech infotainment, long driving range, and spacious interior, the Mach-E would already be a great SUV. But it’s also just as fast and fun to drive as a regular Mustang, and that’s what makes it the 2021 EV of the Year.
When it comes to Ford’s electrification plans, the Mustang Mach-E and electric F-150 are only the beginning. The automaker now plans to pour $22 billion into electric vehicle development through 2025, doubling its previously announced investments. Another $7 billion is slated for autonomous vehicles and tech.
The just-released Mustang Mach-E high-performance SUV is the first part of Ford’s EV plan to fall into place. And later this year, Ford will introduce the E-Transit commercial van.
Next year is the big one: the all-electric F-150 pickup. If Ford can win over truck buyers with an electric option, that’s a sure path to success in the EV era. Pickup buyers here in Mishawaka, Indiana, can already experience a taste of this via the 2021 F-150 and its PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6 engine, which delivers enormous capabilities and solid fuel efficiency, too.
After these vehicles arrive, Ford officials hint that Lincoln luxury EVs and more Transit commercial electric models could be next. To handle all this increased EV production, Ford will be bulking up capabilities at its manufacturing plants around the world.
Here at Jordan Ford, we’re looking forward to introducing all these new Ford EV models to the Mishawaka region. For more information on the Mustang Mach-E, the electric F-150, or any other Ford vehicles, give us a call or stop in for a visit.