You won't be getting your Mach-E as soon as you'd hoped.
Ford definitely took a chance when it decided to give its first-ever battery-electric model from the ground up the name and styling from its most iconic model. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is, perhaps, the best Tesla Model Y and Model X rival to date so far. Although it lacks a third-row option, this doesn't appear to deter buyers.
Ford's July sales report states that Mach-Es don't last long once they arrive in dealerships. We're talking a matter of just a few days here until they're gone. In addition, 95 percent of customers are paying extra for Ford's Blue Oval Intelligence software stack service. Over 150,000 Mach-Es have received over-the-air updates so far this year. All in all, the Mach-E continues to be a huge success story, but therein lies a new problem.
The Mach E forum has posted an email customers have just received stating that orders built and scheduled to be produced from July 5, 2021 through October 1, 2021 will be delayed by six weeks. That's a fairly significant amount of time and Ford knows it. As compensation, these customers are receiving an additional 250 kWh of complimentary charging through the Ford Blue Oval Charge Network.
What's the cause for the delay? Ford makes this very clear in the email's first sentence: "The global semiconductor chip shortages are affecting our ability to keep up with demand. While that's no excuse, it is a reality."
The automaker adds that Mach-Es built prior to July 5 are not impacted by the delay. That also means their owners are not eligible for the free 250 kWh. The Mach-E is not the only Ford model affected by the chip shortage. The Bronco, Bronco Sport, F-150, F-250, and F-350 have all taken direct hits. Their respective assembly lines are not operating at regular capacity but Ford is building as many as possible with what chip supplies it has.
It's difficult to pinpoint when chip supply relief comes, but most analysts see this beginning to happen early next year. One thing is for certain, however: it'll take at least a year for production normalcy to return.