With the world turning towards electrification, it’s only a matter of time before every manufacturer starts making the change, and that means we’ll be seeing a lot more Ford electric cars. For some, it’s easy, but for others who have built up a reputation over more than a century for building combustion-powered vehicles, the transition might not come all too easily. The American manufacturer that’s been pioneering automotive production since 2003, has been a relatively late adopter in a number of ways, but in the last decade has placed a strong emphasis on moving towards electrification in the USA, starting out by building electrified versions of some of its cheapest monikers like the Focus Electric. But in the last few years, the company has made rapid progress in the EV field, investing heavily in startups like Rivian. The first fruits of the new path are finally beginning to show, with the Mustang Mach-E SUV being revealed last year, touching down in the US late in 2020.
Ford EV Models List
Despite a strong heritage of combustion-powered vehicles including pony and muscle cars like the Mustang, Ford attempted EVs as early as 1913, when Henry Ford’s friendship with Thomas Edison led him in search of alternative propulsion. While production was rumored for 1916, it never materialized, and it would take more than 80 years before we saw the first production vehicle to bear the Blue Oval badge and be propelled by electrons. Over the years since, there have been only three Ford electric vehicles produced. These are:
- 1998 Ranger EV: The Blue Oval electrified the Ranger midsize truck from 1998 to 2002. It had outputs of 90 horsepower and 149 lb-ft of torque and could travel up to 82.4 miles on one charge.
- 2011 Focus Electric: In 2011 the brand’s second EV arrived. It wasn’t the cheapest model from the manufacturer, but it fit into a segment that was popular at the time, and in comparison to rivals like the Nissan Leaf, it wasn’t a bad offering. It had an EPA range of 115 mi and had 143 hp, but the battery placement resulted in a loss of cargo capacity, which dented its potential success. It survived for seven years, selling 9,226 units in that time.
- 2021 Mustang Mach-E: Ford is now on the cusp of something new, with its first true mass-market vehicle propelled by batteries. Not only does it draw on the iconic pony car nameplate, but it’s also a crossover SUV. The electrified ‘pony SUV’ will boast upwards of 300 mi to a recharge in its most efficient RWD form and can sprint from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds, courtesy of 459 hp and 612 lb-ft in top trims.
It’s not the only EV coming from the brand, as we already know an electrically-powered F-150 is on the way too, with larger dimensions than the Ranger, while this will likely be joined by a hybrid F-150. This means the list of models driven by electricity is only going to grow in years to come.
|Ford F-150 Lightning
|Ford Focus Electric
|Ford Mustang Mach-E
|Ford E-Transit Cargo Van
Specifications and Pricing of Electric Fords:
With the Mach-E hot on everybody’s lips at the moment, even if only for the use of the Mustang name, it’s certain to make the news in future as the car that changed the tide for the American automaker. Not only will it feature in many a review, but it will be remembered for doing away with an engine entirely. When it goes on sale in late 2020 as a 2021 derivative, those who showed interest early and registered on the company’s website will have access to five trim levels:
- Select: This will be the entry-level trim, available in RWD or AWD and capable of running from 0-60 mph in the mid-five-second range. This model will have one of the lowest driving distances, with an estimated 230 miles possible.
- California Route 1: Slightly slower than the Select trim, the California Route 1 is designed to cruise and cruise in style. A mid-six-second 0-60 mph sprint and sole availability to RWD characterize this trim, while the fitment of the extended range battery means an estimated 300 miles.
- Premium: Like the Select, the mid-level Premium is available with both RWD and AWD, meaning it’s quicker to 60 than the California Route 1. It rides on larger 19-inch wheels and the interior gets dressed up a little smarter, while the extended range battery ensures the same travel distance when equipped with RWD.
- First Edition: Limited in availability to those who decided to shop early, the First Edition rides on 19-inch wheels and is equipped solely with AWD. The latter results in a possible 270 mi per charge. Three exterior color choices and unique interior appointments set this apart, but if you want one now, you’re too late - they’re all reserved.
- GT: ‘Mustang’ and ‘GT’ in the same sentence equals performance, and that’s just what the GT-spec Mach-E does. With 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 mph occurs in around 3.5 seconds, largely thanks to extra power and standard AWD. However, this has a negative impact on traveling distance, dropping the cruising estimate to only 250 mi.
What are the advantages of Ford’s electric cars?
If you’re serious about shopping for an EV, it might be a little daunting to choose Ford when they’ve waited so long to commit fully, unlike Chevrolet, Nissan, and other manufacturers who were early adopters. But being late to the game means there are several advantages:
- Battery tech has vastly improved so the company can now compete on a global scale
- Charging infrastructure is more reliable than ever
- Ford has been developing electric tech for years before revealing the Mach-E
FAQs about Ford Electric vehicles
Surrounding the brand’s move to electricity as a means of propulsion, there are several questions repeatedly asked:
Are electric cars really viable?
The short answer is yes. Battery technology and charging infrastructure have now improved to the point that you can manage a full week’s commutes on a single charge and recharge in shorter stints than ever before.
But what about range anxiety?
With the current crop of electrical cars, this has become an issue of the past. Even in its least economical configuration, owners will achieve around 230 miles, which is more than enough for most commutes. Models with an extended range battery pack will be able to traverse 70 more, and thanks to fast-charging, 47 mi of juice can be accrued in just 10 minutes, while you can regain 70% capacity in as few as 38 minutes.
Batteries don’t last, what happens after a few years from a reliability standpoint?
Modern tech means that batteries last longer than ever. They are able to be recharged more frequently with less damage to the cells, and hot and cold weather are now less of a problem than they once were for EVs. Furthermore, all batteries are covered with an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, ensuring that at least 70% of its original capacity is retained at the end of that period. This also means that you can buy a Ford EV used and likely not have any trouble, with reliability ratings only expected to improve.