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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Ford has revealed a high-performance battery-powered Mustang Mach-E GT in Europe ahead of its projected launch towards the end of 2021.

The car is said to be capable of reaching 100km/h in 3.7sec – a time no other similar vehicle can match, Ford says, thanks to its 350kW punch and all-wheel drive.

By launchtime, the automaker adds, Europe will be stitched by ”an industry-leading chargine network” – adding that Mach-E customers placing an order in 2020 and into 2021 will receive five years’ free access to the FordPass charging network ”that has grown by almost 25% in less than a year to include more than 155 000 charge stations”.

PLUG-IN POWER: It’s almost everywhere across Europe. Image: Ford Europe

They will also receive a year’s of free access to the Ionity fast-charging network.

CHARGING ANYWHERE

The Mustang Mach-E GT had its European debut in September 2020 in Rotterdam as Ford continued its Go Electric roadshow with hands-on activities to help demystify electrification and inspire customers’ confidence about the various types of electrified power available – and their benefits.

Ford Europe’s Stuart Rowley: “The new Mustang Mach-E GT shows what all-electric performance really looks like but performance counts for nothing without the confidence to use it. Our charging initiatives mean Mustang Mach-E customers can enjoy driving the electric Mustang in the  knowledge that they can recharge quickly and easily anywhere in Europe.”

The refined ride of the battery Mustang can involve five adults. A 347kW, dual-motor powertrain can deliver 830Nm to each axle, 0-100 km/h acceleration equals that of the Tesla Model Y, but top speed is limited to 200km/h.

PLUG-IN POWER: It’s almost everywhere across Europe. Image: Ford


Further specification will include MagneRide adaptive suspension, 20” alloy wheel rims, red brake callipers, and model-specific blue or orange paint jobs. A 40cm high-definition touchscreen hosts communication and entertainment systems that learn a driver’s preferences and delivers while the driver remains comfortable in a Ford Performance seat and gripping a unique steering-wheel.

Mustang Mach-E GT has an 88kWh extended-range battery capable of 500km but monitored by computer for accurate driving range as circumstances change. It can also factor in weather forecasts and data from other Mustang Mach-E vehicles.

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An extended range battery can take the car to 100km/h in 5.1sec and deliver an extra 40km. In partnership with NewMotion, Ford customers will be able to use a FordPass app to locate, navigate to, pay for, and monitor charging at locations across 21 countries.

A UK. trial of 20 Transit Custom plug-in hybrid vans that covered more than 240 000km found that 75% of the fleet’s travel in central London was completed using only electric power.

PLUG-IN POWER: It’s almost everywhere across Europe. Image: Ford

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