Here’s What We Know About The Ford ‘Mach 1’ Electric SUV

Ford Motor Company is investing heavily in the production of electric vehicles as the company prepares for a major shift in the automotive industry. Ford has already made an $11 billion investment into the development and production of electric vehicles as they ready themselves to unleash a 40-vehicle portfolio of EVs by 2022, 16 of which will be fully-electric.

The first result of Ford’s new focus on EVs is looking like it will be a vehicle tentatively dubbed the “Mach 1” — a Ford Mustang-inspired electric performance SUV that the company has been teasing since January.

So far, it’s known that the vehicle will be fully-electric and introduced to the public in 2020. It’s the work of Ford Team Edison, the special team at Ford dedicated to working on EV development.

In a video released by Ford in January, the company teases that the vehicle is inspired by both the Ford Mustang and the Ford Explorer, with the two vehicles driving into a warehouse before lightning strikes the building and creates the yet-to-be-seen vehicle.

An image recently provided by Ford shows three-bar tail lights similar to the Mustang, as well as a coupe-like body shape toward the back of the vehicle. It’s rumored that the SUV will be built on the new Ford Focus platform, but there has been no confirmation by Ford that that will be the case.

Additionally, the Mach 1 is expected to have an estimated range of 300 miles, according to a blog post from Ford. It will also be the first of seven electric SUVs introduced by Ford by 2022, unless the automaker changes course before then.  

The name of the electric SUV is subject to much speculation, with many believing Ford will drop the Mach 1 moniker, which pays homage to the first performance package offered for the 1969 Ford Mustang.

There are a lot of questions surrounding the Mach 1, but Darren Palmer, the director for Ford Team Edison Global Product Development, said that Ford will rely on customers more than ever to make sure they create EVs that will fit the needs of customers.

“The world is fundamentally shifting, and we have to listen more than ever to really understand our customers and how they are evolving,” he said in a Medium post. “Electric vehicle customers are buying into the future and our team is 100 percent focused on not only delivering vehicles they will love, but providing an entire electric vehicle ecosystem that works flawlessly.”

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