The road to fully electric mobility is paved with innovation, high demand and lots of hard work. Ford seems to have learned that with the Mustang Mach-E, as the company just produced the 150,000th all-electric crossover. That’s not a bad number at all, especially considering the skepticism that surrounded the vehicle and its controversial Mustang badge.
Yet, the Mustang Mach-E has received tremendous support from the EV community since its release. Ford noted in a press release that almost all of the growth in Mach-E sales to date has come from customers replacing their combustion engine cars with EVs. This bodes well for Ford’s foray into the EV sector.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has previously supported Ford’s EV efforts on social media, shared a congratulatory message to the veteran American automaker. Musk’s message was brief, but he credited current Ford CEO Jim Farley for the achievement. “Congratulations Jim Farley (and) Ford!” Musky wrote.
Ford’s CEO, who has previously expressed support for Musk and his endeavors, graciously responded to the Tesla CEO’s message. Farley admitted it though much work still needs to be done. “Thanks Elon Musk. Lots of work ahead,” Farley replied, adding a lightning bolt emoji to his post.
The interaction between the two CEOs was well received on social media as it suggests that the automakers are ultimately fighting on the same side when it comes to the transition to electric transportation. As such, even if the Mustang Mach-E is a competitor to Tesla’s best-selling car today, the Model Y crossover, the two vehicles actually complement each other. That’s because every Mach-E and Model Y purchased equals one less air-polluting ICE engine vehicle.
As for Ford, its CEO’s words are accurate. As noted by Ford’s director of manufacturing, Deborah Manzano, the automaker is currently working on making even more of the Mach-E for its customers. “The plant is buzzing. There is a new battery line, a new chassis line, an additional assembly line. We are literally maxing out the space to make more Mustang Mach-E vehicles. We also recently added a new paint shop. Nothing stands still for long!” Manzano said.
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