Ford has been pretty good about providing information about Mustang Mach-E, from an live-streamed informative launch presentation, to a full-featured website and configurator, technical documents, and order guides, but here are a few ‘quirks and features’ (has DeMuro trademarked that yet?) that you may not have noticed. So, here we go, in no particular order.
1. Infrared reflective (IRR) windshield
Usually reserved for German luxury sedans, all Mach-E models have an infrared reflective (IRR) windshield that is easy to spot by the purple hue on Mach-E’s windshield in some pics. The IRR windshield reflects infrared light waves to reduce heat buildup from direct sunlight inside the car and has advantages in terms of cutting down on the need for air conditioning, using less power from the battery.
2. Acoustic laminate glass
Another luxury feature that engineers have included on Mach-E is acoustic laminate glass. On all models, the IRR windshield is also acoustically laminated, and on Premium and First Edition models so are the front driver and passenger windows. Laminated glass consists of two pieces of glass with a thin plastic layer between them. This glass sandwich helps cut down on wind and road noise that enters the cabin, which is especially important on a quiet electric vehicle.
3. Kick-to-open with Phone as a Key (PaaK), or not?
Buried in a footnote on the leaked order guide (PDF), Ford mentions that the “Hands-Free, Foot-Activated Liftgate functionality is integrated in the 4-Door Intelligent Access (Lock/Unlock) with Push-Button Start key fob.” [emphasis mine] Does this mean kick-to-open will not work with Ford’s Phone as a Key technology? Kick-to-open with PaaK does seem to work with Lincoln models, so it might also make it to Mach-E. We just don’t know yet.
4. Door presentment
In a web conference presentation by Ford engineers, hosted by MachEForum.com, Mustang Mach-E Design Manager Christopher Walter mentioned quickly that the Mach-E’s electronically opening doors may auto-present themselves (a la Tesla Model X) as drivers approach the car while using Phone as a Key. Lincoln vehicles have what Lincoln calls “Lincoln embrace” as drivers approach the vehicle, turning on headlights, puddle, and interior lights. So, auto-presentment of Mach-E’s doors could be a natural evolution of the technology. Bonus fact: The little arm inside the door jam that opens Mach-E’s doors remains extended until the door is fully opened, to reduce the likelihood of pinched fingers.
5. PIN to drive
The exterior keypad has long been a feature of Ford and Lincoln vehicles, but in its latest iteration, and combined with PaaK and Ford Sync, Lincoln drivers have been able to enter a 5-digit code on the door and an 8-digit code on the infotainment screen to access, start, and drive the vehicle. All Mach-E models feature the touchpad on the driver’s door and Mach-E’s PaaK feature is rumored to be the same as Lincoln’s, so it’s safe to say PIN to drive will also be in Mach-E. Who needs a key or phone as a key?
6. Yes, there’s a frunk
Unlike some of its rivals (or like its main rival), Mustang Mach-E includes a front trunk or frunk. Easily opened from inside the vehicle, this extra 4.8 cu. ft. of storage space can be used for groceries, luggage, charge cords, or packed with ice and drinks (or shrimp) for your next tailgate party. There’s a handy drain plug at the bottom, making clean up a breeze.
7. Not all models can charge at 150kWh
According to Ford’s Mustang Mach-E technical specs (PDF), not all Mach-E models can DC fast charge at 150kWh. Premium, First Edition, California Route 1, and GT models all have the 150kWh ability, but according to the specs Select models are limited to only 115kWh. In other materials, like the leaked order guide, Select models are listed with 150kWh abilities.
8. B&O’s premium sound bar only contains two tweeters
Standard on Premium and First Edition models, Ford and Bang & Olufsen have touted their award-winning sound bar design as being a breakthrough, but according to the speaker placement diagram from B&O, the sound bar on the dash only contains two tweeters. Most buyers assumed that sound bar was packed with speakers, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. The B&O system has 9 speakers and 1 subwoofer, and a total of 560 watts.
9. Mobile charger comes with 120/240V switchable cord
Unlike Tesla and Toyota, Ford’s mobile charger (standard with all Mach-E models) includes a switchable cord end so it can be used in 120V and 240V outlets. The switchable cord end allows owners to charge with 120V (NEMA 5-15) up to 15 Amps (3 miles per hour) or 240V (NEMA 14-50) up to 32 Amps (21 miles per hour). This means there’s no additional purchase to begin using the mobile charger at home immediately.
10. Switchable interior sound
Ford engineers have mentioned, and screenshots and videos have shown, that Mustang Mach-E will have an interior propulsion sound that can be turned on and off by drivers. In competitors, like the Jaguar I-Pace and Porsche Taycan, auto reviewers have mentioned how the sound adds to the EV excitement. We’ve heard some acceleration sounds in Mach-E videos, but Ford is quick to say anything we’ve heard is not final. Bonus fact: Mach-E will also have a government-mandated external sound up to 18.6mph to help pedestrians hear the silent pony.
So that’s our list. What did we miss? What did you not know before? What questions do you still have? Please leave your comments and questions below.