If you ordered Dearborn's electric SUV recently, you may be in for a long wait.
While Mustang fans weren't pleased with Ford's choice of nomenclature for its electric SUV, the Mustang Mach-E has turned into quite the success story for the Blue Oval, with impressive sales results since it debuted. With a starting price of $43,895 (not including incentives), it offers superb value for money and performance, the base model capable of hitting 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds.
Not surprisingly, this has created plenty of demand for the Mustang Mach-E. But if you're one of the numerous car buyers itching to get your hands on the electric SUV, we have some bad news. If you try to order an example via Ford's website, a notification reading "New Order Est. Delivery 20+ weeks" is visible, meaning would-be owners are in for a long wait.
In fact, 20+ weeks is the best scenario, affecting Select and California Route 1 models. If you ordered a Premium or GT-spec Mach-E, the waiting time is extended to 28+ weeks. That means that if you ordered your example very recently, the earliest you would receive your car is in August. This has to be a concern for Ford, as impatient buyers may just abandon ship and find a similarly priced alternative from one of Ford's numerous rivals.
Interestingly, a quick perusal of Tesla's order site also gives an estimated arrival time of August for the Model Y, the Mach-E's close rival. Aside from high demand, the chip shortage is likely the main reason behind the Mustang Mach-E's lengthy waiting times. Late last year, Ford announced it entered into an agreement with GlobalFoundries, a leader in the semiconductor chip sector. The also company announced in 2021 that it would be doubling production output by investing significantly in expansion. Hopefully, consumers start seeing the fruits of this strategic arrangement.
Previously, Ford has also compensated Mach-E buyers who were experiencing delivery delays. While the brand's kind gesture didn't speed production lines up, it did, at least, assuage the frustrations of its customers. Ford gave buyers $1,000 back and doubled the complimentary charging, for a total of 500 kWh.
We have a feeling that most customers won't mind waiting, though. The electric Ford is a stunning car to drive and, as mentioned, offers stellar bang for your buck and high levels of perceived interior quality. Besides, if it's good enough for New York's finest, it will certainly live up to anyone else's expectations.