Is the Ford Mustang Transitioning to All-Electric? Reports Say It Is
Ford is moving in an opposite direction than Dodge, according to a report from Reuters. The original Ford Mustang will eventually be going all-electric. Definitely not what we expected to see, especially when Dodge recently announced they’d be increasing production of their Durango SRT Hellcat by 50 percent.
A new electric vehicle platform will make its debut in 2023 under Ford and Lincoln. These will come in the form of two dedicated electric vehicle platforms. One will be for full-size trucks and SUVs, and the other for cars and small SUVs, leading us to believe that the pony of all ponies, the Mustang Coupe, will soon become electric. Although we’re not against changes, it doesn’t roll off the tongue naturally. Ford Mustang electric coupe. We’ll get used to it with time.
When Ford introduced their Mach-E Mustang, it was certainly a gamble for the auto brand known for their Built Ford Tough trucks and high-powered ponies. However, according to Green Car Reports, the Mustang Mach-E only spent an average of seven days on a dealership lot before getting sold. The automaker moved 6,614 units in Q1, on pace for 25,000 to 30,000 sales.
Of course, the electric transition was met with reluctance by auto purists, especially for using the Mustang name, but sales and positive feedback about the car helped silence the opposition. Green Car Reports named it the Best Car to Buy 2021 due to its EPA-rated range of up to 300 miles. Despite its brief success, hearing about the real Ford Mustang and its electric future was, well, jarring.
All hope is not lost. Fortunately, there is a bit of good news from Ford Performance Chief Engineer Carl Widmann about internal combustion engines and V8s. He recently sat down with Autoweek and said “I don’t think the gas engine has met its day in the near term, there are still a lot of fans of it. However, it’s ultimately up to the customers.”
Although there’s an undeniable market for EVs, auto purists won’t go quietly when it comes to purchasing internal combustion engines and V8s. Racing is still a prevalent sport in the United States and abroad, which is an area electric vehicles can’t replicate. Fortunately, Widmann believes that the V8 Mustang will be around “for a good long time.”
Yes, the landscape is changing for vehicles, but it could be a blessing in disguise. Electric vehicle owners leave more fuel and V8s for those who want them. Always look at the glass half full.