First, but not by far. In a Q&A with Jason Mase, Ford Electrification Marketing Strategy head, a Mach-E Club forum poster revealed that European reservation holders will be first to see the second member of the Mustang “family.”
The electric crossover with the pony badge is still on track to land in the U.S. before the end of the year, with Ford anticipating deliveries in all 50 states by the end of the fourth quarter of 2020. Of course, that doesn’t apply to all trims.
Models arriving before the end of 2020 include the obvious First Edition, along with upscale Premium, downmarket Select, and the annoyingly named California Route 1 model. Powertrains differ among the four, with the Select serving as the bottom-rung offering. Only the standard battery can be found in that model, though it still offers the choice of all-wheel drive/twin-motor capability. The California Route 1 model arrives with the extended-range battery and rear-drive, affording it the Mach-E’s maximum range of 300 miles.
Buyers looking for a GT will have to wait until late spring or summer of 2021 for their performance-wrapped EV. That model makes 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque, with standard AWD and an extended-range battery pushing its pre-tax credit price north of $60k.
According to Mase, reservation holders will be contacted soon to configure their car and turn the reservation into an order. He added that Ford is working on a “lease-type product” that allows Mach-E intenders to claim the $7,500 federal tax credit.
“We’re looking at a product that behaves a lot like a lease but allows the customer to decide if they want to claim the tax incentive and decide if they want to put it into the monthly payment or take that tax incentive later and use it for something else,” Mase said. “When you do a lease you normally sign it right into the deal, we’ll do something that allows you to claim it later on your taxes.”
While the Environmental Protection Agency has yet to rate the Mach-E, Mase says Ford is confident its estimates will carry over into reality. That means no less than 210 miles of range, depending on configuration, with 300 miles on the top end.