Ford and its joint venture partner for India Mahindra (which owns a controlling stake of 51%) is working on at least four product programs and one of them is an electric vehicle.
At the announcement of the business partnership last month, the companies in a joint statement said “Another area of focus for the joint venture will be electric vehicles. Ford and Mahindra will collaborate to develop vehicles to support the growth of sustainable mobility across emerging markets.”
The first electric car from the Ford-Mahindra JV would be nothing exciting as a Mustang – an electrified Ford Aspire – the glider of the regular Ford Aspire (likely with the full boot, made in India for exports) that feeds on an electric powertrain sourced from Mahindra. With a motor estimated to develop 80+ bhp from a circa 25 kWh battery pack, we understand that Mahindra-Ford is targeting a real-world range of about 150 km, a significant improvement from the eVerito. While spec stay the same, the appearance of the vehicles would differ with changes to the bumpers, lights and badges for the two companies to market them as unique offerings from their respective sales channels with minimal impact to the manufacturing cost.
To announce the arrival of the company in the electric vehicle scene, Ford India could consider bringing the Mustang Mach E as a capability showcase. In fact AutocarIndia.com has now reported that Ford’s first pure-electric crossover will be introduced in India in 2021 as a CBU import.
At this time, it is unclear which version Ford plans to import to India. The Mach E’S standard-range version uses a 75.7-kilowatt-hour battery that powers the rear motor, while the extended-range option employs a larger 98.8-kilowatt-hour battery pack that transfers power to both a motor at the front axle and rear. The range comes to 300 miles per charge (483 km) when equipped with the optional extended-range battery pack and rear-drive layout and drops to 270 miles (434 km) in the AWD config.
Ford Mustang Mach E driving range
|Ford Mustang Mach E Trim||Battery Type||Drive Layout||Range|
|Select||Standard Range||Rear-Wheel Drive||370 km|
|Select||Standard Range||All-Wheel Drive||338 km|
|California Route 1||Extended Range||All-Wheel Drive||483 km|
|Premium||Standard Range||Rear-Wheel Drive||370 km|
|Premium||Standard Range||All-Wheel Drive||338 km|
|Premium||Extended Range||Rear-Wheel Drive||483 km|
|Premium||Extended Range||All-Wheel Drive||434 km|
|First Edition||Extended Range||All-Wheel Drive||434 km|
|GT Performance||Extended Range||All-Wheel Drive||402 km|
The top-spec all-wheel-drive GT version, priced at USD 60,500 (INR 43.36 lakh) will slingshot from a standstill to 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds. The basic Select variant would do the same in about 5 seconds, priced at USD 43,895 (31.46 lakh). Since allocation would be limited and Indian conditions don’t strictly call for AWD, Ford could start with bringing down a fully-loaded Rear-wheel-drive variant (Premium) and follow it up with lower variants.
Ford shipped all 100 units of the regular Mustang (which was in RHD for the first time in history) in India each for a price of INR 75 lakh (ex-showroom) in 2017 and has not imported additional units. With Tesla’s plans unclear for India, Ford India would be among the first players (barring Audi with the e-tron and Porsche with the Taycan, both promised for 2020) in bringing down a high-range performance electric vehicle in limited numbers that can help in setting up the imagery for selling electric vehicles in the lower segments.