If you love cute couples, you will love these snapshots of two EVs in the parking lot looking cute and cozy. Technically, they aren’t “cozy” but I thought that would be a cute and upbeat headline. Electric vehicles used to be an oddity, but as Tesla sales have risen, the company’s cars have challenged other automakers to keep up. Some of those carmakers are trying.
Ford’s hottest new electric vehicle, the Mustang Mach-E, is one of the legacy automaker efforts that is stepping up to the plate. The owner of the Model Y shared on Reddit that they were able to park their car next to the Mach-E and thus get one of the first visual comparisons of them both in the real world. These pictures, posted on Reddit and Imgur, inspired a revisit of a Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E comparison.
Ford’s 2021 Mustang Mach-E
Starting at $43,895.
In 2019, Ford revealed its latest addition to the Mustang family. The Mach-E is a five-passenger crossover that is sold in both all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive versions. Car and Driver noted that it’s similar in size of the Jaguar I-Pace, but that its cargo capacity is a bit larger than the I-Pace.
The Mustang is known for being a flamboyant car whose roar can be loud, and while EVs are silent, using the Mustang name to brand an EV is a very vocal statement from Ford in favor of electrification. It’s the first new product to be added in the history of the Mustang lineup since it was launched and is Ford’s way of making a splash in the EV market.
There are three versions of the Mach-E:
- Select. $43,895; range of 230 miles.
- Premium. $50,000; range of 230 miles.
- California Route 1. $51,800; range of 300 miles.
Although there is another version, the electric Mustang Mach-E GT, it wasn’t available online yet. The Mach-E GT is made to compete with the Porsche Macan Turbo3, with 469 horsepower or 32 kilowatts of power and 612 lb-ft of torque.
Last month, Ford opened up orders for the Mach-E and updated some details about its horsepower and torque. One of those details is a power boost that follows a charging boost. Other details include updates to its extended-range and standard-range versions.
The Extended-range all-wheel-drive version will deliver 346 horsepower (258 kilowatts). It will also deliver 428 lb-ft of torque, which is up from previous estimates of 332 horsepower/240 kilowatts and 417 lb-ft of torque. Extended-range rear-wheel-drive versions will produce 290 horsepower or 216 kilowatts with 317 lb-ft of torque.
Standard-range all-wheel-drive versions will have 266 horsepower (198 kilowatts) and 428 lb-ft of torque. The standard-range real-wheel-drive Mach E models will deliver 266 horsepower (198 kilowatts) and 316 lb-ft of torque.
Tesla Model Y
Starting at $49,990.
Tesla recently dropped the price of the Model Y, which Tesla expects to be its top selling vehicle by far — at least until the Cybertruck comes out. Right now, there are only two versions of the Model Y available — Long Range AWD and Performance. However, a Long Range RWD is also going to be released with a somewhat lower price (probably $44,990). The current options:
- Long Range — $49,990, range of 316 miles.
- Performance — $59,990, range of 291 miles.
The Model Y is a crossover/SUV that has many customers loving the brand even more. It’s Tesla’s first foray into the compact luxury SUV sector, and it rivals the BMW X3, Porsche Macan, Jaguar I-Pace, and the Mercedes-Benz EQC.
The Model Y looks as if the Model 3 and the Model X had a baby (but no falcon-wing doors) and is a perfect blend of both vehicles. It has the long, sloping roofline and taillights like the X’s, with the face, smile, and door handles of the Model 3.
The Mustang is known for its speed. However, in terms of comparison, the Model Y Performance has the highest speed of the two brands, at 150 mph. It also has the highest range of the two, at 315 miles. And it’s the quickest, at 3.5 seconds from 0–60 mph.
Tesla seems to have more to offer than the Mach-E in terms of luxury, such as heated seats, internet connectivity, and 12-way automatic front seats, but either vehicle is great for someone who wants to make the switch to driving electric while also driving American.
Whether you are a Tesla fan, as I am, or a fan of the Mustang, looking at both of these vehicles together shows a snapshot into the future. Hopefully, it is a future in which, someday, all vehicles will eventually be engine free and fully electric. Seeing these two cozied up together is a gift.
Hopefully Ford will sell all of its Mach-E vehicles and these sales will inspire Ford to make EVs more quickly. It’s good to see more companies creating cleaner vehicles.