Ford Mustang Mach-E Winter Tested, Starts at $50,495
Ford tested the Mach-E at its Smithers Winter Test Center.
A common knock on battery-powered electric vehicles is their potential to quickly shed driving range during the winter months. However, it’s not like manufacturers of BEVs have never heard of snow, so many of them extensively test their wares in the frozen north before unleashing them for sale to the general public.
The controversially-named Mustang Mach-E, the Blue Oval’s upcoming entry into the all-electric circus, will share some driving characteristics with other members of Ford’s crossover family. Chief amongst those traits? All-wheel drive. In fact, the company says that close to 90 percent of those who reserved a Mach-E for delivery later this year selected the option.
“Mach-E’s available all-wheel drive is designed to help instill driver confidence in all conditions,” said Robert Iorio, Ford Mustang Mach-E vehicle engineering manager. “The team has integrated e-drive propulsion, all-wheel-drive calibration and brake control in a way that optimizes fine motor skills to enable an immediate response in low-traction conditions and ensure the performance expected from Mustang – even in the snow.”
For its part, Ford tested the Mach-E at its Smithers Winter Test Center, a facility whose name reminds your author of a certain character on the Simpsons. In fact, it is an 800-acre testing area in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a place so cold that it could be an honorary province of Canada. Ford takes many of its vehicles there for cold weather testing, including the Mach-E.
The all-electric crossover will be available in a few different flavours when it lands in this country later this year. Ford is going through great length to prove this machine is worthy of the Mustang name, going so far as to show off video of the thing carrying out lurid powerslides on snow while sending roostertails of the white stuff high into the air. Ardent fans of the Mustang went into apoplexy when the Mach-E was unveiled, with many declaring it to be “not a real Mustang.”
With even entry-level models predicted to hit highway speeds from rest in the five-second range – and mighty GT models turning the trick in the mid-three ballpark – concerns about the Mach-E not living up to Mustang performance levels should be quelled. Those lurid tailslides won’t hurt either.
Expect to see the first Mustang Mach-E machines on the road by the end of 2020.