Taking the leap to electric is a scary prospect for many drivers, with fears about reliability and durability in the back of many minds. Ford’s latest marvel and first fully electric vehicle sets out to allay these fears by undergoing the bestselling brand’s most stringent tests – those typically used on Ford’s hardest working pick-up trucks, in fact.
With 118 years’ worth of vehicle testing know-how behind them, Ford have proven without a doubt that the Mustang Mach-E is truly ready for anything. “We have gone to great lengths to subject the Mustang Mach-E to extreme tests – stressing it much more than a typical consumer would – to help ensure it is ready to face the rigor of the open road,” said Donna Dickson, Chief Programme Engineer for the Mustang Mach-E.
Interestingly, around 13% of people1 are unsure if electric vehicles can get wet in the rain – much less during a car wash. To prove the Mustang Mach-E can handle even the heaviest downpour, Ford put the vehicle through a suds-free automatic conveyer wash complete with sprayers, brushes, and dryers 60 times – the equivalent of a wash every two weeks for over two years. The trim, doorframes and badges also underwent a pressure wash, with enough pressure to blast oil from a driveway, and the Mach-E came through undamaged and sparkling clean.
The interior of the car was also subjected to tests for wear and abrasion on the upholstery – ensuring substances, such as hand sanitiser, would do no damage, and simulating a 10-year use cycle with no cracking. And the multi-function touchscreen received special attention, too: “The screen in the Mustang Mach-E is so crucial to the driving experience. It’s the centrepiece of the interior and people’s eyes just naturally go to it,” said Dickson.
“We knew we had to go above and beyond to make sure it is durable enough to withstand daily customer interactions – think purses and bags hitting it, pets bumping into it, children playing with it, and so on.”
The muscular crossover styling of the Mach-E isn’t just for looks – you can be confident that your adventure doesn’t need to end where the road does. And to ensure the only mark left will be on your memory, Ford tested the vehicle over 300 miles of gravel roads to evaluate any damage caused to the body paint.
“Electric vehicles shouldn’t be limited to nicely paved city streets and suburbia,” said Dickson. “We tested the Mustang Mach-E so that customers can confidently live on or adventure down gravel roads and not worry about their paint easily chipping.”
To discover this model for yourself and take it for a thrilling test drive, visit your local Johnsons Ford or get in touch today.
1 Survey conducted by global research and analytics consultancy, PSB in June 2019 covering 3,000 people across Europe, USA and China between 6 June and 14 June.