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  • Writer's pictureChuck Johnson

Driving a Mach-E Mustang

After what seems like forever, I'm finally back in the states and while at a family gathering in Detroit, a cousin came by with one of the new Mach-E Mustangs.

Couldn’t help but ask him to take it for a spin. As a diehard mustang fan, I’ve always been a bit perplexed as to why Ford decided to give it the Mustang Moniker; but that certainly doesn’t distract from the fact that it’s a helluva car.

He had his Mach-e in a custom Matte Black that looked really good on it. In Tokyo, people did Matte Black TO DEATH after it came out, but it was actually refreshing to see it out this way, on a car that that actually suited; and on one that and that’s already a rare find in these parts.

Getting used to the 1-pedal driving was a fascinating process; (which I’ve heard is the same for other electrics like the Teslas and Nissan Leaf) basically as soon as you take your foot off the gas, the car quickly decelerates to a stop… making any kind of braking redundant. In one of the weirder moments of this process, I put it in reverse while sitting on a hill… and it still simply sat there until I applied the gas. And then it occurred to me that I couldn’t even say “gas” because it doesn’t use that.

The instant torque that comes with electric motors is no joke and the fastest trim line of the Mach-e is actually 7/10th of a second faster than the V-8 Mach 1 Mustang of the same year. For a 6,000lbs machine, it’s insane how quick it was off the line. And without making a sound. Really wish I had gotten a video of that. Also would have loved to have seen if it accelerates like that at higher speeds as well (like when passing someone on the highway).

The interior was really nice; and looked right in between a high-end Ford and a Tesla. You can’t tell in the picture, but the roof was fully just tinted glass. I didn't actually notice this feature at all until after I finished the drive; but the car was sitting in the sun all day on a really hot day, and it was only moderately warm, so apparently that didn't seem to have any affect on the car being too hot on warm days.

After I took it out for a drive, 4 or 5 other family members did as well out of curiousity; and most loved it; but it did leave me curious about a few things I forgot to ask; (largely because I kept going on about how fast it was😅).

Other questions it begged were:

  • how often do you have to charge it?

  • how easy is it to find refueling stations if you forget to charge it at home?

  • how long does it take to charge it fully?

Overall, while it takes a bit of getting used to, I could seriously see giving one of these a home sometime in the future as later models come out and they get more and more refined; (and with it, most likely faster charging times, longer ranges, etc). Don’t know if I would ever give up my Saleen for it… but I could sure as hell see having a garage with both of them in it😁😁 Click here to see videos #mustanglover #mustangaficianado #machemustang #saleenmustang #ford #electriccars

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