Ford wants you to know that this EV isn't afraid of winter.
Ford is busy with final testing for its Mustang Mach-E EV and, if the automaker's latest video of the crossover is anything to go by, it wants to dispel a number of preconceived notions about the vehicle. One, that an EV isn't suited to snow and cold climates and two, that an SUV wearing the Mustang badge can't be fun to drive.
The video sees Ford's testers driving the Mach-E at the Smithers Winter Test Center in freezing Michigan. Just how cold, you may wonder? Well, temperatures were as low as negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
"We're currently finishing up all of our fine-tuning," explains Adam Deibler, an all-wheel drive calibration engineer working on the Mach-E. "We finally have everything at the right place at the right time, and every single one of those things can affect all-wheel-drive performance." The Mach-E is then seen being around in the snow confidently, driving home the message that this really is an EV that can handle winter conditions.
A bit later in the video, a subtle dig at Tesla and other EV automakers didn't go unnoticed. "Before we started this program, we drove every one of the competitive products that are out there and we immediately began to notice that there was a lot of opportunity for improvement," continued Deibler.
"It blows you away how this car accelerates in the snow," chimes in Rob Iorio, vehicle engineering manager. According to the video, Ford has two weeks left of further winter development with the Mach-E and the team appears confident that not only will the driving experience set the Mach-E apart, but owners will enjoy the space on offer, too.
We've got to admit that the Mustang Mach-E drifting in the snow doesn't look as out of place as you'd expect. The enormous 15.5-inch floating touchscreen is another swipe at Tesla - at around the 01:23 mark, the tester can be seen using the screen to switch through different driving modes.