Update: Mach-E production ramped up – Australia still not official, but signs are there.
If you’ve given up on the electric Ford Mustang Mach-E coming to Australia, you’d be forgiven. Notably the automaker is set to be available in 37 countries today, up from 22 in the first year of sales – and Australia still isn’t among them.
On the other hand, Ford also says it has plans to “add more markets next year,” and as our evolution story below suggests, Australia will likely be one of them.
Ford’s announcement today focuses on what has now built 150,000 Mach-E SUVs, and it plans to build 270,000 next year as part of an overall plan to send 600,000 EVs into new homes by 2023. By 2026, it expects that number to rise to 22. million annually.
Deborah Manzano, Ford’s manufacturing director, said the plant is buzzing. “There’s a new battery line, new chassis line, additional assembly line, we’re literally maximizing space to build more Mustang Mach-E vehicles.”
Ford says that “almost all” of the Mustang Mach-E’s growth has come from customers switching from internal combustion vehicles to electric power. More than 8 in 10 American consumers and 9 in 10 European consumers have made the Mach-E their first EV.
The story here
September 2: Ford Mustang Mach-E looking likely for Australia
There is no official confirmation yet, but The Australian launch of the Mustang Mach-E is shaping up to be a sure thing.
Tipped to launch here next year, Ford is expected to announce its plans for the all-electric Mustang Mach-E later this month.
Wheels understands the Mach-E will play a key role as one of five electric models Ford has promised to launch in Australia by the end of 2024.
Already here and on the way are the Ford Escape PHEV and two E-Transit variants, with the Mach E and a plug-in hybrid version of the new-generation Ford Ranger rounding out the set of five promised models.
Yet despite growing speculation that the Mach E is a sure thing, Ford Australia boss Andrew Berkick remained tight-lipped when we quizzed him at the media launch of the new Everest and Ranger Raptor.
“I don’t have any comment on the Mitch E,” he said. “What we do know is that it’s an amazing vehicle. New Zealand is taking it, so it’s confirmed, but nothing is confirmed for Australia.
Ford is sending a group of Australian journalists – including our own Daniel Gardner, to the Detroit Motor Show this month – where they will also drive the Mustang Mach E.
Burke dismissed suggestions it was another strong indication that Mitch E was destined for Australia.
“I will not be providing any further comment in relation to the vehicle coming to Australia,” he said.
Stay tuned for more.
August 11: Recent comments may point to Mach-E plans.
Announcing the launch of the popular Focus ST and Fiesta ST models on August 5, Ford Australia boss Andrew Burke said: The company will continue to focus on SUVs, commercial vehicles… and electrification.
We already know that the company’s e-Transit models are bound for Australia, but the announcement is meant to make a point of electrification – while possibly just an attempt to remind buyers that Ford has At least one Offering in the most talked about new segment of the market – this can also be a smart gesture Mustang Mach-E Close to confirmation for Australia at least.
If Australian emissions regulations had been in place, the Mach-E would likely have been on its way here already – so it was the legislation that prompted Ford to source some supplies for New Zealand.
But, like Volkswagen – a staunch supporter of emissions regulations – the absence of such rules is unlikely to stop the Mach-E from coming here. Volkswagen’s IDEVs are on their way, albeit late, and Ford will likely make room on their production line for our market as well.
Watch for more news to come in the coming weeks and months.
July 26: Ford Mustang Mach-E confirmed for NZ, “no news” yet for Oz
- Ford Mustang Mach-E confirmed for New Zealand
- “No news” to share on local launch of electric SUV
- Ford Australia will offer the E-Transit and E-Transit Custom commercial vans.
Ford has confirmed the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV will arrive in New Zealand in early 2023 – but an Australian launch is off the cards.
across the chasm, 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E It will compete with the Tesla Model Y and the Volkswagen ID.4, which will go on sale in the United States for the first time in December 2020.
A Ford Australia spokesperson said the company had no information to share about the Mustang Mach-E’s local prospects, without ruling out its launch outright.
“[The] The Mustang Mach-E is a fantastic vehicle and we are excited for the team across the Tasman. We have no news to share on any plans to introduce the Mach-E in Australia,” the spokesperson said.
Right-hand drive examples of the Mustang Mach-E went on sale in the UK 18 months ago, while Ford trademarked the nameplate in Australia earlier this year.
Two battery options are offered: a 75.7kWh standard range variant, or a 98.7kWh extended range option. The flagship Mach-E GT produces 358kW of power and 860Nm of torque, with a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.7 seconds.
Late last year, Ford Australia announced five electrified models would be introduced by 2024, starting with the Escape PHEV and the upcoming E-Transit all-electric full-size commercial van.
Based on a modified version of the current model’s platform, the smaller e-Transit Custom will arrive in 2024.
“There will be more to come,” the spokesperson added, pointing to two as-yet-unannounced models, which could include an all-new SUV designed primarily for Europe.
However, the Mustang Mach-E is uncertain for Australia, with strong demand in more EV-centric markets – now including New Zealand – following the introduction of emissions-reducing legislation for the vehicle.
An all-electric Ranger Lightning was talked about at the ute’s local launch this month, but electrification is likely to arrive at some point during the next-generation T6.2 Ranger’s decades-long life.
Meanwhile, the F-150 Lightning is not available in a factory RHD configuration, but a factory-backed local variant is likely to follow the internal combustion F-150’s Australian launch in mid-2023.
New Zealand introduced its clean car standard on April 1, 2022, encouraging automakers to sell electric or low-CO2 vehicles through incentives, while imposing fees on high-polluting cars.
Ford New Zealand also offers mild hybrid versions of the Focus and Puma, the Escape PHEV and Transit Custom PHEV, and the upcoming Escape Hybrid.