Sounding very similar to Ford of Europe’s “Ford Horizon” series, Ford America will be hosting a series of live-stream presentations and Q&A with expert employees who helped build and design Mustang Mach-E.
The 4-part series will run for 4 consecutive weeks and feature a different part of building Mustang Mach-E. Check back soon for full reports on these live-streams.
Episode 1: Designing a New Mustang
Thursday, September 17 @ 6:30 PM EDT Jason Castriota: Global Brand Director Christopher Walter: Exterior Design Manager
The series will feature details from the early designs to the finished product, and intends to immerse participants in the details of the Mustang Mach‑E creation story that can only be told by the experts who brought it to life.
From Norway’s capital city of Oslo, Per Gunnar Berg, Ford Norway’s CEO, drove the Mustang Mach-E non-stop to Trondheim, 301 mi (484 km) away, and the electric pony had 14 percent of charge left when he reached his destination. This drive gives us some clues about how Mustang Mach-E will perform in real world conditions.
From the contrasting stitching inside Berg’s Mustang Mach-E and the badge on the driver’s door, we assume he was driving an all-wheel-drive, extended-range First Edition model, which Ford claims only has an EPA-estimated range of 270 miles. Doing some quick and dirty math gives an estimated total range of nearly 350 miles to Berg’s Mustang Mach-E in the conditions he experienced on the road.
While Ford may bump it’s EPA-estimated range as we get closer to production (like it did with power figures), it’s likely they will not go as high as 350 miles for all-wheel-drive, extended-range models. But this does give a glimpse of Mustang Mach-E’s efficiency on the road, in real life. Ford estimates rear-wheel-drive, extended range models will get even better range.
Engineered by Ford Performance to shatter performance goals without using a drop of fuel, the all-electric Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype has run through the quarter-mile in 8.27 seconds at 168 miles per hour and reached 1,502 peak wheel horsepower in recent private development testing.
Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 has the combined output of more than three 2021 Mustang GT V8 engines. Developed by Ford Performance in parallel to the recently unveiled Mustang Mach-E 1400 prototype, both cars were built to demonstrate Ford’s technological capabilities and innovation skillset in electric vehicle technologies.
Ford Performance collaborated with Cascadia Motion (a division of BorgWarner) to power the Cobra Jet 1400. With four PN-250-DZR inverters coupled to a pair of DS-250-115s, giving four motors total and spinning at up to 10,000 revolutions per minute. These motor-inverter packages run at 800 volts and up to 700 amps, with maximum output of 350kW per motor.
To manage such a potent propulsion package, AEM-EV and Ford Performance jointly developed an advanced data and control system that features a control algorithm unique to the Cobra Jet 1400.
The Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 will debut at the the U.S. Nationals, where the car will first run in public this weekend. Ford NHRA Funny Car Driver Bob Tasca III will pilot the prototype in showcase runs against two-time Funny Car champion and FOX broadcaster Tony Pedregon, who will drive one of Ford’s internal combustion engine Mustang Cobra Jets.
See the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 in action this weekend at the NHRA U.S. Nationals on both FS1 and FOX TV, as well as nhra.tv livestream.
In a new video series called “Ford Horizon,” Ford of Europe is showcasing new technologies, features, and product introductions in a purely digital form. The first Ford Horizon experience focuses on the next-generation Ford SYNC technology debuting in Mustang Mach-E. In the below video, Ford has dropped a ton of information about Ford SYNC, FordPass, charging, updates, and more.
SYNC was a pioneer in vehicle connectivity a decade ago, and Ford claims the next generation in Mustang Mach-E is twice as powerful as the previous. Empowering this new suite of features, especially for electric vehicles, all new Ford models in Europe will have a FordPass Connect modem as standard equipment.
Included for electric vehicles, is a new system to set charging schedules, ensuring owners can charge at the best rates, as well as finding charging along their routes in the navigation system.
Ford SYNC 4 understands natural, conversational speech commands in 15 languages.
Fast over-the-air (OTA) updates keep Mustang Mach-E updated and can update all computer modules bumper-to-bumper. Downloads occur in the background while on the road and install in under two minutes in your driveway.
SYNC will be the platform for all new Ford vehicles.
FordPass and SYNC
The FordPass app can already check battery health, lock and unlock the doors remotely, and schedule your departure time so the cabin is heated or cooled to your preference. With Remote Vehicle Setup, many of the vehicle’s features can be configured & personalized before delivery.
In Remote Vehicle Setup, owners can set a profile photo, save their favorite places, find and save charging stations, set departure times, set preferred cabin comfort level, set their desired state of charge on departure, and preset drive modes. In the future, owners can also preset radio stations and pair their phone with the car before ever entering.
It takes just a quick push to the cloud to send your personalized settings to Mustang Mach-E before delivery, so all personalization is set when you open the door for the first time. In multi-driver households, additional drivers can set their preferences after delivery.
If owners use Phone as a Key (PaaK), SYNC recognizes the driver’s phone, unlocks the vehicle and loads their personal profile. If using the external keypad, SYNC will load the driver’s profile after they use their personalized entry code.
The My Journeys feature will analyze your drives and suggest personalized tips on how to drive more efficiently. It shows where drivers accelerated too quickly, braked too suddenly, or cornered too harshly, and make suggestions on how to be more efficient.
In all, there are 80 personalized settings drivers can set on Mustang Mach-E with Ford SYNC 4A.
On the road
As drivers have become accustomed to powerful, high-resolution smartphones, Ford wanted the same feeling for Mustang Mach-E. With a 15.5″ hi-def screen, Ford included multi-finger smartphone features like pinch-to-zoom, rotation, and swipe. A physical knob is bonded to the screen for quick audio system volume access.
With the card-based SYNC 4A interface, Ford tried to bring applications to the main screen, reducing the amount of touches to access them. Cards provide quick-glance content to easily access application features from the home screen, instead of having to launch individual apps–and there’s no need for a home or back button. The goal was to minimize time drivers take their eyes off the road.
Apps like Waze, Accu Weather, Glympse, PlugShare, Slacker, Pandora, and Alexa are integrated and built-in from the start.
TomTom will provide real-time traffic data and weather, using the cloud to compute the best or most efficient routes, and maps will be available offline if connectivity drops out. The navigation system even learns your habits, for instance if you stop for coffee every morning on the way to work, SYNC 4 will offer is as a suggestion.
Wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto are included, so drivers can enter the vehicle, place their phone on the wireless charger and go–no wires needed. Ford wanted to ensure customers have a choice to use they apps they prefer to use (unlike a certain other EV maker).
EV trip planning
In the FordPass app before your trip, drivers can input their destination, and choose the fastest or shortest routes. FordPass will show when, where, and for how long to charge, and shows which stations are operational, the charging power levels available, which plugs available, and the cost. The trip can be saved and sent to Mustang Mach-E so the vehicle is pre-heated or cooled, charged, and loaded with road trip plan before drivers set off.
The app can also assist in finding parking spaces, and shows which garages have space and their prices, so drivers can avoid pricey parking. And, if drivers forget where they parked, they can see their vehicle’s location in FordPass using the Find my Vehicle feature.
Intelligent range assist
Intelligent Range Assist calculates the vehicle’s range based on past driving behavior, weather, speeds and terrains, and data from other Ford electric vehicles about particular roads, to predict how much energy you’ll use during your drive. The battery management system tracks the energy available while the powertrain module tracks usage, and drivers will receive notifications on new range estimates and explanations why.
From the FordPass app, drivers can pay for charging on different charging networks like Electrify America, Ionity, and others. The vehicle learns your schedule and can charge when it’s the most cost efficient, ensuring you have enough range for your day.
Owners will receive periodic emails about how much energy and money they’ve saved.
Digital owner’s manual
As we saw teased before, Mustang Mach-E includes Ford’s first digital owner’s manual. Drivers can search and watch how-to videos on both the SYNC screen and FordPass app.
Ford claims they have the industry’s most advanced update system. Mustang Mach-E updates in background and owners are in control. Updates take place in less than 2 minutes by WiFi or cellular connection, and Ford has prioritized speed. If there are any problems with the update, the update will not install and can even rollback to the previous version, something most smartphones cannot even do. Navigation maps are always updated over the air and there is always real-time traffic and weather data.
While there is so much connectivity in the next-generation Ford SYNC and Mustang Mach-E, one thing not mentioned is subscription and data costs. We assume the vehicle and connected services will come with a pre-paid period, but Ford has not yet mentioned any monthly or annual fees to keep Mustang Mach-E connected long-term.
With Remote Vehicle Setup on your smartphone or computer, Ford is letting Mustang Mach-E owners configure their vehicle before they ever take delivery.
The app will let customers set favorite destinations, find nearby charging stations, tweak cabin temperature settings and input commute schedules from the comfort of their own home – all before the car even arrives. Owners will be invited to create their profile a few weeks before their scheduled delivery.
Owners can create a profile, set navigation destinations, set climate control preferences and even choose a preferred drive experience. Remote Vehicle Setup configurations live in the cloud before the customer sends the profile to their Mustang Mach-E using their smart phone to apply the personalized settings.
By pre-configuring their vehicle, owners will save time in the setup process, which means they can get driving as soon as they take delivery of their vehicle. When customers collect their new Mustang Mach-E from their Ford dealer, they simply send these personal settings to their vehicle from their smartphone. After sending their preferences to the vehicle, users can manage the features configured in Remote Vehicle Setup via the FordPass App or in their vehicle.
Remote Vehicle Setup sends these settings to SYNC 4A, which uses machine learning to quickly learn drivers’ preferences, and gets even better over time thanks to advanced over-the-air updates – including a planned update that allows for personalization of radio presets before delivery.
From the beginning, Ford designers and engineers knew Mustang Mach-E needed to have a sound all its own to fit in the Mustang family. Without the beat of a V8 or whoosh of a turbocharger, engineers had to define what an all-electric Mustang would sound like.
Inspired by classic ‘80s sci-fi cinema, Ford sound designers worked with the studio Ozone Sound to craft electronic oscillations that emanate in and outside of the Mustang Mach-E while the vehicle is in motion. These new sounds inspired electronic artist Matthew Dear to remix them into a song called “New Breed.”
Listen to “New Breed” below and scroll down for a making-of video chronicling Matthew Dear’s process and for the clips Dear used in his remix.
In the remix, we can hear some of the propulsion sound that is meant to help keep drivers engaged without the V8 rumble or turbocharged whoosh of the 2-door Mustang. In previous posts by Mach-E Vehicle Engineering Manager Robert Iorio we learned that the different driving modes of Whisper, Engage, and Unbridled will have different propulsion sounds played through the Mach-E’s sound system.
For those who prefer, the interior propulsion sound can be switched off. However, the exterior propulsion sound is government-mandated to play up to 18mph or 30kph and cannot be turned off, though owners will likely find a way.
Mustang Mach-E Propulsion Sound Clips
Mustang Mach-E Drive 0kph (Exterior)
Mustang Mach-E Drive 30kph (Exterior)
Mustang Mach-E Reverse (Exterior)
Mustang Mach-E Driver Seat Whisper (Interior)
Mustang Mach-E Driver Seat Unbridled (Interior)
Mustang Mach-E Rear Seat Engage (Interior)
Mustang Mach-E Rear Seat Unbridled (Interior)
Mustang Mach-E Unbridled Interior Full Pedal (Interior)
Ford has started releasing more, limited quantities of Mustang Mach-E First Editions with the help of Idris Elba, Uncrate, and Spotify on social media. Several “Mach Drops” will be made over the coming days. Watch Ford’s social media accounts if you want to order.
The first batch dropped today with the help of Idris Elba
Customer interested in ordering must call (844) 802-6634 to order. These additional First Editions are not available online.
Electrify America announced it will work with Love’s Travel Stops, the nation’s industry-leading travel stop network, to bring public ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations to seven locations in six U.S. states.
The seven charging stations, located in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah, Florida, New York and Arizona, will have a combined 28 EV chargers and be available for public use by early 2021 – with five locations already open. The most recent Love’s station opening in Salina, Utah, helped complete a cross-country route of Electrify America chargers spanning from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.
“As we continue building charging stations at accessible sites, Love’s Travel Stops was a perfect fit because of its convenient locations near major highways,” said Rachel Moses, senior manager for site acquisition, development and strategy at Electrify America. “Providing EV drivers with the opportunity to charge their vehicles at Love’s locations will help instill confidence for longer interstate trips, and can encourage more consumers to consider making the switch to electric.”
Depending on the location, Love’s customers will have access to chargers ranging in power from 150 kilowatt (kW) to 350 kW. Electric vehicles capable of accepting a 350 kW charge can add up to 20 miles of range per minute, helping alleviate range anxiety that many consumers associate with EV road trips. Through these installations at Love’s Travel Stops, Electrify America is helping EV drivers charge up quickly and get back on the road with confidence.
“Our goal is to provide all drivers with safe, convenient places to stop and refuel – and that includes the growing number of electric vehicle drivers,” said Frank Love, co-CEO of Love’s. “We’re committed to initiatives and solutions that reduce emissions, and excited to add EV charging stations at our locations.”
Electrify America charging station locations at Love’s include the following:
Now Open at Love’s Travel Stops:
Oklahoma – 901 N. Sheb Wooley Ave., Erick, Okla. 73645
New Mexico – 1900 S. Mountain Road, Tucumcari, N.M. 88401
Utah – 1915 S. State St., Salina, Utah 84654
Florida – 45000 U.S.-27, Davenport, Fla. 33897
New Mexico – 1028 N.M.-156, Santa Rosa, N.M. 88435
Coming Soon to Love’s Travel Stops:
New York – 2 Industrial Park Drive, Binghamton, N.Y. 13904
Arizona – 760 S. Quartzsite Ave., Quartzsite, Ariz. 85346