A Ford engineer hosted an “ask me anything” (AMA) thread on Reddit over the weekend. In it, they let us in on a few new bits of information about the vehicle (consisting of battery and charging specifications), and discussed his viewpoint of it, particularly in contrast to the Tesla Model Y, which will target a comparable market as the Mach-E.
The thread has since been deleted, but a lot of the questions and responses were archived by the folks over at Mach E online forum
There are no particularly Earth-shattering revelations, however it’s interesting to hear about the vehicle in a relatively unfiltered way from someone on the within. Some of his independently-verifiable statements were incorrect, so take all of this with a grain of salt.
Relating to charging and battery specs, the engineer stated that Ford is being “conservative” in their statements about what the vehicle will be capable of.
When Mach-E specifications first dripped, we discovered there would be 230- and 300- mile battery choices– comparable to the Tesla Design Y. It ends up those choices translate to 75 and 98 kWh battery packs, which are substantially larger yet offer less range than the Model Y (~75 kWh, 315 miles).
Some business keep back a big part of their battery pack to safeguard against degradation, so this is most likely part of the factor that Ford’s big battery does not provide as much variety as Tesla’s smaller one. While the engineer didn’t explicitly verify this, they did state Ford wanted to be conservative in order to avoid problems down the line (like Tesla’s legal issues related to capability).
In reaction to a concern about the Mach-E’s 150 kW charge rate and whether the automobile would ever be able to charge any faster than that, the engineer pointed out that it would be ridiculous to construct an automobile with wires efficient in accepting 350 kW and not use them.
The Mach-E does have slightly disappointing charging specs. Ford likewise says that the car will be able to include 47 miles of charge in 10 minutes.
Related to these battery and charging specs, the engineer stated that the Mach-E has actually been built with the same operating temperatures in mind as the rest of Ford’s automobiles.
The engineer was less complimentary of Tesla’s production capabilities.
The engineer likewise mentioned that Ford’s warranty is superior, “with all powertrain elements covered by 8yrs, instead of simply the battery in Tesla” (this is not true, Tesla’s powertrain service warranty covers both the battery and drive system and has for several years).
In action to concerns about the choice to call the Mach-E a “Mustang” and whether Ford is severe about this cars and truck, the engineer pointed out that Ford employees appear significantly onboard with the Mach-E job. Even the skeptical amongst them have had their minds changed as they have actually found out more about the Mach-E. They particularly called out Dave Pericak, former chief engineer for the Mustang line, as being “truly hard to encourage, however he’s a Mach-E supporter now.”
Part of the reason the traditionalists came around is because the Mach-E is seen as the lorry that might conserve the whole Mustang line.
GM has actually clearly mentioned this as their inspiration for developing EVs, saying that they need electrical cars in order to sell more SUVs It appears that Ford, in spite of all signs that the Mach-E job is being taken extremely seriously within the company, has the exact same mindset as GM in this respect. Not rather the best way to lower emissions if all you’re going to do is offset your reductions by selling more gas guzzlers.
So, Ford workers seem to like the Mach-E. Why?
The engineer teased a couple of functions which do appear novel. The Mach-E has a face video camera in the guiding wheel cluster which will be used for future self-governing driving functions. It will be able to discover whether or not the chauffeur remains in the seat and paying attention to the roadway. The engineer suggests that this will be much better than Tesla’s “auto-pilot nag” warnings which require steering wheel movement every when in a while, enabling a “more natural experience and you can rest your arms.”
Another method the engineer sees the Mach-E as being better than Tesla is in the infotainment cluster.
The reason for this is since of the physical control knob that Ford has actually contributed to the bottom of the screen, allowing simpler operation without taking the motorist’s eyes off the road.
Likewise, the Mach-E’s cluster will be capable of side-by-side screens of both Ford’s “sync” infotainment system and Apple CarPlay or Android Car. Tesla does not use either CarPlay or Android Car, and numerous owners have actually asked Tesla to add it. So for those who desire access to it, or choose having a choice between using the native car system or their phone’s system, Ford will provide more versatility there.
The engineer stated the cars and truck’s computer has been overengineered with more than sufficient processor power and memory for extremely fluid operation and plenty of futureproofing. This ought to assist as Ford plans to put out over-the-air updates, in similar manner to Tesla, to improve the automobile after release.
Lastly, the engineer duplicated a couple other points several times. They mentioned that what they like about the Mach-E is that it has so much more “soul” than any other electric cars and truck out. One can imagine that numerous electrical cars and truck owners, who practically without exception love their electric cars and trucks and would buy one once again, would disagree with the idea that EVs have no soul.
Second, the engineer stated many times that the Mach-E shapes up well versus the Model Y for one huge reason: incentives. They stated that “our automobile is more targeted at fulfilling federal and state rebates.” We are unsure what they meant by this, due to the fact that there’s absolutely nothing particular in the style process required to satisfy those rewards (besides minimum battery capacities which are simple to fulfill).
But the Mach-E will certify for rewards which the Design Y will not certify for.
So now that Ford shows up onto the scene about a decade late, they get an upper hand on the business that led the way for them. This indicates that, in comparison to the Tesla Model Y, the Mach-E has a big cost advantage.
It needs to be noted that if Ford actually is “targeted” at meeting rewards, this betrays a “compliance” mindset within the company. Ford told us that the Mach-E began as a compliance automobile and after that changed into a more major efficiency project, and the engineer echoed those comments in their AMA.
But we’ve seen other hints of this “compliance mindset” still existing in the Mach-E job. Ford has currently mentioned that they’ll send the majority of first-year production to Europe — for compliance with EU regs.
I wish to repeat that there were a variety of mistakes in the engineer’s comments, and none of this is official from Ford, so it might or may not hold true and obviously, lots of things are subject to alter before the vehicle comes out at the end of this year. Do do not hesitate to go and checked out the engineer’s full comments if you want to read some more rumors about this cars and truck. And let us know in the remarks if you find anything else juicy.
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