Ford’s electric Mustang Mach-E is hot and in short supply

The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E is getting hard to find. When Ford F,
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launched its all-electric midsize SUV, it planned to sell five trim levels. Thanks to strong sales, mainly pre-orders, buyers today can choose between two.

It is still possible to buy a Mustang Mach-E Select or GT model. But the rest of the range seems sold out.

The launch of Ford’s new range of electric vehicles

The Mustang Mach-E is Ford’s first mainstream electric vehicle (EV) after several small-scale electrification experiments over the past two decades. It’s a mid-size SUV that shares some design language with the iconic Mustang and goes up to 314 miles on a charge. It is the first electric vehicle to seriously challenge Tesla’s dominance, quickly becoming the third best-selling electric vehicle in the United States and the first non-Tesla TSLA.
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produced to crack the first four.

Those numbers are set to change as most automakers introduce new electric cars this year, challenging Tesla’s dominance with new competition.

The Mustang Mach-E kicked off a stable of new electric vehicles from Ford. The company plans to split into two units – one that builds electric vehicles and one that builds gasoline-powered cars. The next Ford EV to appear in your neighborhood will likely be the F-150 Lightning pickup. Ford has sold hundreds of thousands of reservations for the electric truck, which is expected to start reaching buyers later this year.

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About the Mach-E

A stylish crossover, the Mach-E is one of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Picks. It missed that organization’s Top Safety Pick Plus designation only because the Select model comes with an inferior quality of headlights. The IIHS awards its highest honor only to vehicles that offer their best headlights at each trim level.

The Mach-E was a commercial success. Few of them appear on dealer lots because Ford has sold many through a pre-order system, such is the demand.

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Two of the remaining five toppings

At launch, there were five trim levels: Select, GT, GT Performance, Premium and California Route 1. But visit the car’s online configurator this morning, and you’ll only find two of those models still on offer. Buyers who wish to place an order today can choose from Select and GT models.

The Mustang Mach-E Select is a rear-drive edition with an MSRP of $43,895, plus a destination charge of $1,100. It uses a single motor attached to the rear axle, good for 266 horsepower. Its 68 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery has a range of up to 247 miles. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and Android Auto and Apple AAPL wireless,
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Carplay.

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The GT model has a more expensive $61,995 sticker plus the same $1,100 destination charge. It uses two motors, one per axle, for all-wheel drive and 480 horsepower. Its larger 88kWh battery gives it a range of 270 miles despite the extra power. Standard features include sports seats with grippy Miko inserts, perforated power seats, ambient interior lighting and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system.

months of waiting

Interested shoppers should know that there’s another wrinkle beyond the limited selection. The Mach-E online configurator says if you order a Mach-E Select today, you can expect delivery in August at the earliest. The GT model will be delivered in October.

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Ford is ramping up Mach-E production and should be able to build the cars faster in 2023.

This story originally took place on KBB.com.

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