Electric Mustang? Blasphemy! But, wait…


The new electric Mustang Mach-E

Ford’s Mustang line continues to excel in innovation, this time with a brand new addition to the line: the electric Mustang. Starting at $53,000, the new electric line has a sophisticated look; but Mustang aficionados will want to know if the electric version will have the same famed power. 

With the choice of the First Edition, Select, Premium, California Route 1, and the GT, the power and prices of each model vary. The First Edition model is a limited time offer, while the rest will be permanent additions to the line. Featuring AWD, 0-60 mph range in three seconds, and about 300 miles on a full charge, the car displays many qualities making it worthy of the Mustang name. 

Over five years, electric vehicle ownership saves owners about $13,390 on average. A downside, however, is the $7,500 Federal Income Tax depending on the city or state one may reside in. 

Another new addition is the innovative but odd door handles. Electrically operated push buttons are used to access the car; when pushed, the car door opens a few inches to reveal a hidden door handle on the inside. While this is to improve aerodynamics, some car critics deem this unnecessary and excessive.

With 459 horsepower and two electric motors, the new line can at times reach speeds similar to that of a Porsche 911 GTS. Surely, Mustang has learned that boring electric cars do not sell well, as evidenced by the original Tesla.

One thing that came as a surprise to motor heads is the crossover model, sporting a larger build than most of the previous Mustangs.

The company’s chairman, William C. Ford Jr.,speaking on his beliefs concerning the new models comments, “We’ve pushed all our chips to the middle of the table.I hope this will show we are now deadly serious about electrification.”