Consider the photographs in the gallery, showcasing a pre-production prototype of the Ford. After that, take a good look at the Tesla and try to find a common ground between the two. There’s no denying the Blue Oval tries to make the Mach E exciting by infusing Mustang styling into the exterior design, but that’s not enough to challenge the Model Y in terms of brand awareness, coolness, and technological superiority.
There’s also the matter of supply and production output. Tesla makes its own batteries and Palo Alto churns out a lot of EVs per week while the Ford Motor Company couldn’t be bothered with this segment of the automotive industry up to now. It’ll be years before the Blue Oval will catch up, and during those years, the partnership with Volkswagen could help the Americans with the MEB vehicle architecture.
In addition to a teaser photo, another official detail we know about the Mach E is the range. “More than 300 miles” is how the cookie crumbles, and that’s a bold statement given the competition from Tesla. The Model Y, for comparison, manages up to 300 miles of EPA-rated range on a full charge of the Panasonic lithium-ion battery.
Over in Europe, Ford claims the Mach E is capable of 370 miles under the WLTP. That’s 595 kilometers in one go, and we’re finding it hard to believe given the size and shape of the Mach E and the limited know-how of the Ford Motor Company in terms of EVs. The Model Y in Long Range flavor is rated at 540 kilometers (336 miles) under the WLTP.