Especially 2021 Mustang Mach-E. If the name sounds familiar, it is because it is a theater piece on Mach 1 that was Ford's strength to count on starting in the Mustang's original heyday in the 1960s.
Now, in a completely different world, Mach-E. It has four doors, an SUV shape, and it's clean electric.
"One thing that people thought about electricity is that they were a rational purchase. That's really not true. If we've learned one thing about this first generation of electric cars is that early adopters want really good product," Jim Farley said
Ford may not be the first to the modern electric car mount, but they rolled out Mach E in a big way, in a Hawthorne Airport hangar. [1
So is this the right direction for the Mustang?
"When you think of a compartment, it's not going to work for everyone. Now that it's an EV SUV, I think in a market like Los Angeles, suddenly they can see some new customers," says Jessica Caldwell , an insight analyst with Edmunds. com.
Ford wants to make it clear, the Mach-E will be a Mustang, not the Mustang. They have no plans to stop making two-door combustion that is so loved.
"No, I think that's what's cool about this car. If it's something that preserves them, because we also have this one completely clean," remarked Ford's Jim Farley.
They're taking orders right now, for delivery by the end of 2020.
And if you go to the LA Auto Show to see the new electric Mustang, here's something to put things into perspective. The LA Convention Center opened in 1971, and the car show has been held ever since.
In the early days, the hottest car on the Ford display was Mustang Mach 1. Nearly 50 years later, in the same building now called West Hall, Ford's display will include the Mustang Mach-E. A very different car, in every way.
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