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Friday, June 4, 2021

Ford Made More All-Electric Mustangs Than Gas-Powered Ones So Far This Year


Ford has passed a significant milestone: it has so far produced more battery-powered Mustangs so far this year than gasoline-fueled versions of its iconic pony car.

The carmaker has built 27,816 electric Mustang Mach-E models at a plant in Mexico this year compared to 26,089 copies of the traditional internal combustion engine Mustang at a factory in Michigan.

The Mustang Mach-E has been a surprisingly strong seller for Ford, and is a pillar in their ambition to turn 40 percent of their global sales electric by 2030. It was the best-selling car in Norway, outselling the RAV4 Hybrid last month. It will also soon roll out of the Changan Ford assembly plant for its customers in China (see lead photo).

According to Ford CEO Jim Farley, the Mustang Mach-E’s wait is “in the months,” although the gasoline-powered pony car still outsells the electric version nearly three-to-one.

Production numbers for the Mustang Mach-E might also be artificial as Farley admits to the company having to prioritize its newest models as they grip with the continued computer chip shortage.

“We have purposely protected our launches—Bronco, Bronco Sport, Mach-E, F-150,” Farley said. “If we can switch a module over to one of those launch vehicles, we have. We’re very protective of the launches because they are so important for our business.”

No gas-powered Mustangs were built last month, according to production data. Ford goes on to say that its supply of traditional Mustangs is down to 24 days—about one-third of what is considered a healthy inventory.

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