Last night Ford officially took the wraps off their first entry into the electric vehicle market with the Ford Mustang Mach-E. This was despite it accidentally being revealed on the company’s website earlier in the week.
The big question leading up to the unveiling was how Ford’s first EV was going to compare against the industry standard Tesla line-up of vehicles. In particular, since the Mustang Mach-E is an SUV, the most intriguing comparison would be against the also un-released Tesla Model Y. Here’s how the two vehicles stack up against each other.
|Model Y LR RWD||Mach-E Select||Winner||Model Y Performance||Mach-E GT Performance||Winner|
|Base Price (CAD)||$66,390||$50,495||Ford||$84,390||$82,995||Ford|
You might notice the * next to the Ford Mustang Mach-E figures. That’s because the numbers are estimates on the part of Ford, and are listed as “targeted” numbers on their website. If the production version of these vehicles will be able to live up to these numbers will remain to be seen. The Standard Range Model Y would also have been a better comparison, but Tesla Canada’s website does not currently list any figures for it.
As you can see, the numbers are very close, but Ford wins out on both price and 0-60mph times for both the lowest trim version LR RWD & Select and Performance & Performance. But perhaps the biggest factor most people will consider when looking to purchase an EV is range, and Tesla remains king of the hill when it comes to getting the most out of their battery packs.
While it’s a fairly impressive range for their first EV, both Tesla’s beat them out by over 100kms, which is a very large margin when it comes to EV range.
As we mentioned, it will be interesting to see if the actual numbers Ford can deliver on their first EV live up to their targeted numbers. You might say the Model Y is also unreleased so they’re in the same boat. The difference is Tesla has many years of building and developing EVs under their belts, so their numbers can be trusted a little more reliably than Ford.
Either way, the important thing to remember in this Tesla vs Ford battle is that there is now a new electric vehicle on the market. This will only help spur on competition and help bring Tesla’s mission, to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy, to fruition that much quicker. A well made, quality, non-Tesla EV is not a threat to Tesla, they are a threat to legacy car manufacturers who refuse to embrace the electric revolution.
Check out Ford.ca for more information and to reserve your Mach-E.