Ford Reveals First Electric SUV
Elon Musk was quick to congratulate the competitor vehicle.
Ford revealed its first all-electric SUV—and it even got congratulated by Elon Musk.
On November 17, the car company unveiled the Mustang Mach-E, which many are comparing to Tesla’s SUV crossover Model Y. Both of the car models will become available in 2020.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk congratulated Ford after its Mach-E announcement.
“Congratulations on the Mach E! Sustainable/electric cars are the future!!” He said on Twitter. “Excited to see this announcement from Ford as it will encourage other carmakers to go electric too.”
There will be five versions of the Mach-E, with the most basic version starting at around $44,000, excluding federal tax cuts that owners receive when buying electric vehicles. Tesla’s Model Y ranges from $39,000 to $60,000, depending on the car’s configuration.
The Mach E will also have a touch screen that can control navigation, music, and temperature control, as well as handle-less doors that open using electric buttons.
The SUV was unveiled next to Tesla’s design center in LA, which executive Chairman Bill Ford insisted was just “a coincidence.” Ford’s CEO Jim Hackett also alluded to Tesla, calling them a “very good” competitor.
“I think that the world is ready for performance electric vehicles that are priced right,” he stated.