When Ford unveiled the Mustang Mach-E, it triggered a wave of polarizing reactions. With its crossover form factor and its all-electric drivetrain, some car enthusiasts were skeptical if the Mach-E could really carry the esteemed Mustang name.
These reservations seem to have disappeared for the most part. In a recent press release, Ford announced that it had built its 150,000th Mustang Mach-E since the vehicle started production almost two years ago. The milestone is an important one, especially as the automaker aims to scale its EV production to a rate of 600,000 per year by late 2023 and over 2 million annually by 2026.
What’s interesting is that the Mustang Mach-E seems to be playing its part well. As noted by Ford, nearly all of the Mach-E’s growth to date has come from customers who were replacing their internal combustion cars. This proves that the Mach-E is not just attracting car buyers who are already set on buying an EV — it’s also attracting customers that are still driving a combustion-powered car.
Darren Palmer, vice president, Electric Vehicle Programs, Ford Model e, highlighted the skepticism that the company faced when it gave the Mustang moniker to the all-electric crossover.
“When we put the pony on this Mustang, we knew we’d have skeptics. What we didn’t quite know then was just how popular this car would become. I love seeing Mustang Mach-E vehicles on the road and talking to customers, and I am seeing more and more of them,” Palmer said.
For now, Ford continues to optimize its Cuautitlán Stamping and Assembly Plant in Mexico, which produces the Mach-E, so that the vehicle’s sales can expand even faster. These improvements were hinted at by Deborah Manzano, Ford’s director of manufacturing.
“The plant is buzzing. There’s a new battery line, new chassis line, additional assembly line, we’re literally maxing out the space to make more Mustang Mach-E vehicles. We most recently added a new paint shop, too. Nothing is standing still for long!” Manzano said.
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