DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford presents its first all-electric SUV that has initiated an avalanche of battery-powered vehicles from major and luxury car manufacturers over the next two years, which according to industry analysts will increase sales of electric vehicles.
The Mustang Mach E, which will go from 230 miles to over 300 miles per load depending on the equipment, was presented on Sunday evening before the Los Angeles Auto Show press days.
18 are currently available in the US, and IHS Markit expects to rise to 80 in 2022, including pickups and SUVs that are at the heart of the US market. Last year, purely electric vehicles accounted for only 1.5% of new vehicle sales worldwide, and the consulting company LMC Automotive predicts that this year it will increase to 2.2%. In the United States, electric cars accounted for only 1.2% of sales in 2018, and this year is expected to be roughly the same.
But car makers see a chance for development, and when electric vehicles cover at least 250 miles on a single charge, the fear of lack of juice disappears during daily commutes. Due to added models and increased coverage, LMC predicts that in 2030 they will account for 17% of global sales and 7% of sales in the US.
First generation electric vehicles, which were mainly upgraded versions of existing models designed to meet government fuel economy standards, did not sell much because they could not travel more than 100 miles between charges. But now many can go beyond the distance people cover in one day with lots of pillows.
"Seeing 250 miles as a real thing has changed the game in the electric car market," said Jake Fisher, director of Car Tests at Consumer Reports. "There were not many options for choosing a vehicle that could really take the place of a mainstream vehicle. Now it is a completely different animal. "
Stephanie Brinley, Chief Automotive Analyst at IHS Markit, said that the choice of electric vehicles may increase before consumer demand increases, but eventually people will buy them.
"The increased number of models with electric powertrain will increase sales in the United States," she said. "However, there will probably be a period when the number of options will increase faster than demand and the sales for each of them will be relatively low," she said.
While many electric vehicles will appear from luxury brands over the next few years, major brands such as Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota also have them on the production schedule. The brands that announced the new models that will be available for sale in the coming years are Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Cadillac, Byton, Rivian, Bollinger, Kia, Faraday Future, Volkswagen, Mazda, Tesla, Aston Martin, Polestar and Volvo, according to Edmunds.com website with car prices. Edmunds provides content for Associated Press.
Ford and General Motors have announced plans for all-electric pickups that will compete with gasoline and diesel trucks that are the best-selling in the US.
For Ford, executives realized in 2017 that they had to offer something more exciting for the first generation of electric vehicles. The company promised six electric vehicles last year by 2022. He also works with VW and the Rivian startup to build more.
To sell them, Ford decided to take advantage of the company's strengths: pickup trucks, vans and a high-performance Mustang.
"There will be many BEV (battery-electric) SUVs on the market. Some will have large batteries and dual engines and will be quite fast. Some will look really good, "said Jason Castriota, director of the electric vehicle brand. "Nobody can combine all these elements and create something that cuts through the mess," he said. "Mustang is power."
The five-person Mach E resembles a kind of Mustang, and Ford says it is close to matching the car's performance. Engineers say the base model will have a range of about 230 miles (370 kilometers) per charge, with the long range option greater than 300 miles (483 kilometers). The basic version is expected to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour (96.6 km / h) in just over six seconds, while the GT version will reach it in about 3.5 seconds.
The basic version is rear-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive option. It has a patch on the front and back of the Mustang pony, a long hood and a back at the back. However, designers have kept space in the back seat with a darkened glass roof. Mustang's team configured Mach's chassis tuning to specify its handling. Designers also copied the Mustang's triple tail lights.
Orders in the US are now accepted and the SUV will hit showrooms next fall. The base model will start for just under $ 44,000 and the GT for around $ 65,000. Ford buyers are still entitled to a federal tax credit of $ 7,500, which is being phased out at Tesla and General Motors.
Ford works with Electrify America and other entities on a national network of more than 12,000 charging stations and 35,000 plugs, so electric vehicle owners can go on longer trips.
The company will also have 2,100 dealers in the US certified to service electric vehicles.