The electric revolution strikes the iconic pony car.
It's happening sooner than expected and chances are this is permanent. Ford recently posted its monthly production and sales figures and a closer examination of the data reveals something extremely interesting. Through April of this year, total Ford Mustang coupe and convertible production reached 26,089 units, all built at the Flat Rock Assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan.
Scroll down the datasheet to the Mustang Mach-E and that production figure is even higher: 27,816. That's right. More all-electric Mach-E are rolling off the production line (in this case at the Hermosillo plant in Mexico) so far this year compared to its iconic namesake model.
It should be noted that the Flat Rock plant didn't build any Mustangs last month due to the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage. In other words, the Mach-E's production tally includes one additional month. But Ford still prioritized those crucial chips for its new and all-electric pony car over the original icon. It's important to note that traditional Mustang 2021 sales, for now, continue to surpass those of the Mach-E, 29,710 units vs. 10,510.
That's obviously good news for Mustang and muscle car fans in general because the current model is aging fast. Launched for the 2015 model year, the sixth-generation model is due for a replacement in the very near future but it's not going all-electric just yet.
The seventh-generation Mustang will certainly receive some level of electrification, either a hybrid or plug-in hybrid. The V8 isn't going anywhere just yet but will instead be aided in power and efficiency by said electrified technology. A turbo-four option is also likely to remain. Given the rapid pace of industry-wide electrification in general, we wouldn't be surprised to see the next Mustang's production life cut short in favor of a pure battery-electric eighth generation arriving earlier than initially planned.
There's no doubt Ford is paying close attention to Mach-E vs. Mustang sales as the long-term future of the nameplate is currently being mapped out.