Enthusiasts will be happy about this.
There's still a lot of mystery surrounding Ford's upcoming Mustang-inspired electric SUV, but an accidental leak by Electrify America may have confirmed some juicy new details. Last week, Electrify America announced a partnership with Ford that will give customers access to their massive charging network, which currently includes 12,000 stations and more than 35,000 plugs.
However, it looks like someone forgot to proofread the accompanying press release. First discovered by The Drive, the release described the Mustang-inspired SUV as having an "extended battery and rear-wheel drive." This is the first there has been any mention of Ford's Mustang-inspired SUV being offered with rear-wheel drive or an extended battery.
The Drive reached out to Ford to verify this information but received no comment. Since then, Electrify America has amended its announcement by removing the mention of rear-wheel drive and an extended battery, but you can still read the original press release on PR Newswire.
If these details are correct, there's a good chance Ford's electric SUV will be available in multiple configurations. A rear-wheel-drive variant could be offered alongside an all-wheel-drive model to keep enthusiasts happy, and the mention of an extended battery suggests there will be different battery pack options to suit different budgets.
Ford has confirmed the electric SUV will deliver a n EPA-estimated range of 300 miles, but it isn't known if the Blue Oval automaker is referring to the extended battery version. It also isn't clear if the RWD or AWD version will have a 300-mile range.
A teaser image released by Ford last year previewed the SUV's sporty design that replicates the Mustang's distinctive three-bar taillight design, sloping roof, and wide fenders. The name still hasn't been confirmed, but it will likely be called the Mach E based on trademark filings. We're expecting Ford's Mustang-inspired SUV to debut at the 2019 LA Auto Show in November before going on sale in late 2020 as a 2021 model.