Ford says it has tweaked the electric SUV specifically for Euro roads.
If you’re wondering why Ford couldn’t wait a couple of weeks to bring the Mustang Mach-E to the 2020 Geneva Motor Show for its Euro debut, there’s a good reason for that. The Blue Oval is skipping the 90th edition of GIMS, hence why the electric crossover’s official debut on the Old Continent is taking place this week in London. As you’re probably aware by now, European customers will be the first to take delivery of the Mustang-badged crossover once Ford will start shipping them towards the end of the year.
To coincide with the Euro debut of its controversially named crossover, the company has issued a press release that contains some interesting details about the Mustang Mach-E. For example, engineers at Ford of Europe were involved in the development process of the vehicle from day one and were tasked to tweak the zero-emissions ‘Stang specifically for European roads and driving styles. The steering, suspension, electronic stability control, and the all-wheel-drive system have all been tuned to “support the needs of European customers.
Ford doesn’t say how many people have pre-ordered the Mustang Mach-E in Europe, but it does mention most of them are getting the extended-range battery pack. 85 percent of all pre-orders so far are for the 98.8-kWh battery instead of the standard 75.7-kWh setup. Equipped with the larger battery and in rear-wheel-drive guise, the electric crossover promises to cover 600 kilometres (373 miles) based WLTP, which is a more realistic test cycle replacing the old lab-based NEDC.
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Should you be in a hurry and with access to one of the IONITY stations supporting charging with up to 150 kW, the Mustang Mach-E will need only about 10 minutes to charge its battery enough for a driving range of 57 miles (93 kilometres). A founding member (along with BMW, Daimler, and VW Group) in IONITY, Ford is helping the consortium build 400 fast-charging stations by the end of the year in “key European locations.” At the same time, the company is investing in 1,000 charging stations at Ford’s own facilities throughout the continent.