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Ford’s $45,000 electric Mustang is not what you expect

When you think of electric cars, what brands come to mind? Tesla, obviously, or maybe Fisker if you want to get obscure. Some makers like Audi and BMW even have their own electric luxury divisions. Click or tap to see Audi’s unique take on drone-powered headlights

But now there’s a new name in town. Ford has debuted a brand new, all-electric version of its iconic Mustang sports car that looks ready to bring the green car revolution to mainstream audiences.

Here’s the latest on the brand new Mustang Mach-E, and what it means for an automotive industry on the brink of decline.

Enter the Mach-E

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Ford has officially unveiled its secretive electric car project to the general public for the first time. The new car, dubbed the “Mustang Mach-E,” is attracting quite a bit of attention due to its stunning design and fearsome performance — but it’s also seeing some controversy from fans of its namesake.

The Mustang Mach-E is an all-electric performance crossover with top models capable of reaching 459 horsepower. It features twin electric motors for the front and back wheels, and goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds. That’s equivalent to a Porsche 911, and beats the Tesla Model 3 on paper in terms of sheer power.

As an electric car, Ford expects the Mach-E to get exceptional range on par with its competitors — an estimated 239 – 332 miles, depending on how tricked-out the engines are.

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And speaking of engines, this car emulates the roar of a classic Mustang using synthesizers built into the vehicle. Electric cars are notoriously quiet, but Ford understands the importance of keeping the iconic sounds of their performance cars.

The decision to keep the roar of the engine helps other drivers know a Mustang is approaching, and can also potentially ease the transition for classic muscle car fans from fuel to electric.

But is it really a Mustang?

Some pony-car diehards aren’t taking too kindly to the choice of name for the new electric car. Proponents say to qualify as a Mustang, the car needs to be a gas-powered coupe. The Mach-E is a crossover style hatchback with a higher roof.

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Still, the car retains several design cues from the classic Mustang, like the longer hood and signature taillights. As for the driving experience, we’ll have to wait and see until the car arrives in the States in the fall of 2020. Will you be jumping on board when the Mustang Mach-E arrives?

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