Ford has showcased its all-electric Mustang Mach-E at an event in Los Angeles. The vehicle’s top-range version can travel up to 595km on a full charge and recharge 92km of range in 10-minutes when on a high-power charge.
Among the car’s most unique features are buttons in place of regular door handles as well as storage space under the front bonnet. The fastest model is able to accelerate from 0-96.5km per hour in under 5 seconds. The Tesla Model X 100D is able to so the same in 4.4 seconds.
The Mustang Mach-E has a 40cm touch screen beside the steering wheel and prices range from $44,000 to $60,000 in US markets.
Commentators note the use of the Mustang name for an electric vehicle, when considering the name is synonymous with American muscle cars.
BBC report on a motoring editor from price comparison website confused.com, Amanda Stretton, as having said “a lot of hopes” were riding on the vehicle.
"The interesting thing is that they've decided to use the Mustang name with this car, because of course it's the name synonymous with American muscle cars, with big V8s... and yet they are taking the performance aspect of that name and putting it into this electric car," she told BBC News.
Earlier in 2019, Ford had announced plans to shut down six manufacturing plants in Europe by the end of 2020.