Ford has built its 150,000th Mustang Mach-E electric SUV since production began two years ago – but deliveries in Australia aren’t scheduled to begin for another 18 months.
production of Electric SUV Ford Mustang Mach-E ramps up and has surpassed 150,000 vehicles – but it’s not due until 2024 in Australia, journey understands.
Ford says the 150,000-vehicle milestone — achieved at two plants in Mexico and China over the course of two years — precedes its goal of hitting an annual production target of 270,000 Mustang Mach-E in the coming years.
The company aims to produce 600,000 electric vehicles annually worldwide by the end of 2023 and two million by 2026.
The Mustang Mach-E will expand its reach to 37 countries next year – up from 22 in the car’s first year on sale in 2020-21 – including New Zealand.
but journey understands an Australian launch is not due until 2024 – as one of five hybrid or electric Ford models due to hit local showrooms before the end of 2024.
It will join the E-Transit full-size and mid-size E-Transit Custom electric vans, the Escape mid-size plug-in hybrid SUV, and an expected plug-in hybrid version of the new Ranger ute in late 2023 or later 2024
Ford has yet to lock down the Mustang Mach-E for Australian showrooms – but it’s been dubbed a “global model” for the company, will be factory-built in right-hand drive for the UK and New Zealand, and sources say it’s quota-on for local sales.
“We comply with all local regulations and make sure the vehicle itself performs the way we want it to when navigating Australian roads.
“For example, the navigation system that is currently in current production only has North American and European maps depending on where the car is going.
“We want to make sure that we don’t just ship a car where we just replaced a window sticker, but that the customer gets the full experience,” said Mr. Ho.
“We want to make sure it delivers the customer experience that a customer in Australia would expect from the vehicle.”
According to Ford, 80 percent of Mustang Mach-E buyers in the US — and 90 percent in Europe — bought the car as a replacement for a gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicle.
“When we put the pony on this Mustang, we knew we were going to have skeptics. What we didn’t know exactly at the time was how popular this car would become,” Darren Palmer, vice president of electric vehicle programs at Ford Model E — Ford’s electric car division — said in a media statement.
“I love seeing Mustang Mach-E vehicles on the road and talking to customers, and I’m seeing more and more of them.”
Electric-car rival Tesla doesn’t release global production numbers for the Mach-E-sized Model Y — instead grouping them with the related Model 3 sedan — but 345,000 of these cars were built between July and September alone.
Kia has reported fewer than 100,000 EV6 electric cars have been sold worldwide since launch in mid-2021 – while Hyundai has reported more than 140,000 Ioniq 5s sold worldwide over a similar period.