People love Ford's first mainstream EV.
Ford is celebrating a massive milestone as the company has just built its 150,000th Mustang Mach-E. The vehicle in question, a Grabber Blue-painted model, was manufactured at the Cuautitlan Stamping and Assembly Plant in Mexico.
Considering the electric crossover went into production just two years ago, it's an incredible achievement - but Ford isn't resting on its laurels. This is just part of a bigger plan, with the Dearborn-based automaker hoping to scale EV production to 600,000 by the end of 2023 and two million by 2026.
"When we put the pony on this Mustang, we knew we'd have skeptics," said Darren Palmer of Ford Model e. "What we didn't quite know then was just how popular this car would become. I love seeing Mustang Mach-E vehicles on the road and talking to customers, and I am seeing more and more of them."
Palmer isn't exaggerating, either. The sales figures show the Mustang Mach-E is a popular buy among American consumers. It's proven so alluring that Ford says 80% of buyers in the USA replaced their ICE vehicle with the electric crossover. In Europe, that figure stands at 90%.
The Dearborn-based automaker also took the occasion to announce it will soon sell the Mustang Mach-E in additional markets, with Argentina, Brazil, and New Zealand being the latest countries eco-conscious consumers can get their hands on the EV.
The Cuautitlan plant is driving this growth, with new upgrades enabling the facility to support more clients. "The plant is buzzing," explained Deborah Manzano, director of manufacturing. "There's a new battery line, new chassis line, additional assembly line, we're literally maxing out the space to make more ... ."
Aside from the Mexican production site, the electric crossover is also produced in China where, no surprise, it's proving immensely popular. Ford's Chinese arm even introduced a special edition GT Twister variant for the region.
While the Mustang Mach-E has gleaned its fair share of awards, it's not entirely perfect. Recently, the electric Ford lost its prestigious "recommended" rating from Consumer Reports due to a few niggles experienced by drivers. This is part and parcel of the meeting process for any new technology and product, however.
Ford continues to expand its electric offerings and, aside from the F-150 Lightning and E-Transit, has unveiled the rather funky E-Tourneo for overseas markets. It's the first of many to come, and we expect an electric Explorer - along with several other offerings - to hit American shores in the coming years.