Electric vehicles may still have a long way to go in the Philippines. But in other countries, EVs are becoming more and more popular. Just take a look at the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Earlier this year, Ford reportedly made more Mach-Es than Mustangs. Despite the EV only being launched last year, it has been a surprisingly strong seller for the brand. Since Ford wants electric vehicles to account for 40% of its global sales by 2030, it's no wonder they have decided to begin manufacturing the Mach-E outside of Mexico.
Recently, the first Mustang Mach-E assembled in China has officially rolled off the factory floor. Manufactured at Changan Ford's manufacturing plant in Chongqing, the locally produced EV will be available for delivery to customers in China by the end of the year.
There will be three variants available for the Chinese market; RWD, RWD Premium, and the GT First Edition. The standard RWD makes 255 PS and 415 Nm of torque from its electric motors. Meanwhile, the GT First Edition makes more power at 459 PS and 830 Nm of torque. The result is that it can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in just 3.65 seconds, not bad for an all-electric crossover.
But how much range does the China-built Mach-E have? Under the CLTC (China light-duty vehicle test cycle), Ford claims the Mach-E RWD long-range version can travel up to 619 km on a single charge. The range for the GT First Edition was not mentioned. However, it will likely be lower since it uses more powerful electric motors.
Since the Mach-E is now being built and sold in China, is there a possibility Ford Philippines offers the electric crossover locally? Perhaps, the automaker does source the EcoSport and Territory from China.
However, Ford is still focused on selling SUVs and crossovers in the Philippines, not EVs. With that in mind, maybe the automaker is still gauging whether the country will be a viable market for electric cars. So far, the only mainstream brand that offers an EV in the country is Nissan with the all-new Leaf.
Do you think the Mach-E will become a popular EV in the country should it be sold here? Let us know in the comments.