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After everything that’s happened this year, that the old adage about change being the only constant in life has arguably never felt truer. But even in a world of constant flux, change can made be easier or much more difficult by how much control we feel we have within it. And that includes how we move through our world.
A car can connect and empower us, helping us to live our lives more freely and with confidence. Investing in a new one is not a decision to be made lightly – and in a time of uncertainty that’s a truism of its own. One thing that can be said with absolute certainty, however, is that there’s never been a better time to go electric – as the latest addition to Ford’s range, the All-Electric Ford Mustang Mach-E, reveals.
The thinking woman’s car
An electric car is more than just a ‘conscious’ choice (though full marks for that too), it points the way to the start of something truly new. Ford has been steadily building a solid reputation in this area for some time now. From the electrically-assisted mild-hybrid (or MHEV) available on Fiesta, Focus and Puma to the self-charging hybrid (or FHEV) on Kuga, S-Max and Galaxy, and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) on Kuga that covers up to 39 miles*** on a single charge – it's no surprise many of Fords cars have won plaudits for their combination of good looks and market-leading technology.
As the brand’s first all-electric vehicle (EV), however, the Mustang Mach-E shifts things into an altogether higher gear. An SUV-crossover, the Mustang Mach-E is both sleek and sporty. There’s plenty of space for everything from shopping to sports equipment to family, and yet it’s still nimble enough to make light work of everyday driving as well as longer journeys or commutes.
Unlike hybrid vehicles, which run off various combination of petrol and electricity, the Mustang Mach-E is powered solely by an electric battery. And what a battery. A single charge can take you up to 379 miles*. Even a 10-minute boost from a DC fast charging point will give you up to 73 miles’ drive range**. Best of all, you can charge it at your convenience at home – either from a dedicated charge point (which can be ordered online from Ford) or by simply using a standard three-point plug and the supplied charging cable, much as you’d charge your smartphone.
It comes with lots of brilliant ‘features: everything from the huge 15.5-inch fully-integrated touch screen to don’t-realise-you-need-them-until-you-do extras such as Active Park Assist (which manoeuvres you into the tightest spot at the press of a button). There’s even a hidden ‘front trunk’ that’s perfect for everything from storing valuables safely out of sight or even rinsing off a muddy pet.
Who of us, a year ago, would have predicted that everything from working from home to social distancing would become ‘standard’ in our lives? Similarly, who knows what the next 12 months – or 24, or longer – will bring? If change is the only constant, then surely the best way to make peace with it is to be ready and open to finding new ways to move forward in our lives. What better way to begin that journey than in the All-Electric Ford Mustang Mach-E.
* Based on full charge. Estimated range using Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) applies to RWD model with extended range battery. Actual range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviours, vehicle maintenance, and lithium-ion battery age.
**Charging times shown are for a Mustang Mach-E RWD Extended range for a DC fast charging point. Charge power can decrease with increasing state of charge. Actual charge times and charge speeds can vary based on different factors (Weather, temperature, driving behaviour, vehicle condition, age of the lithium-ion-battery, used charging infrastructure).
*** Based on full charge. Figure mentioned is the target range achieved using the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). Actual range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviours, vehicle maintenance and lithium-ion battery age.
^Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgement and need to control the vehicle. It does not replace safe driving. See Owner’s Manual for details and limitations.