Tesla CEO Elon Musk is ‘excited’ to hear about the release of the Ford Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV according to a recent tweet. Despite the rocky history between the Californian tech company and the makers of the original pony car, Musk remains highly encouraging of the development of the EV market.
The Mach-E is Ford’s first step into electrification with being first EV built from the ground up. Using the Mustang name, it has stirred opinions since its release last night. Heavily influenced by the Tesla Model 3, it and the mid-sized sedan from Tesla has a more tangled history than what’s shown on the surface.
Congratulations on the Mach E! Sustainable/electric cars are the future!! Excited to see this announcement from Ford, as it will encourage other carmakers to go electric too.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2019
Ford’s new SUV boasts a 370-mile range in its highest spec, 0-60mph in less than five seconds, and a 15.5″ screen that sits on the centre console much like the Model 3. In fact, the dashboard itself is almost a direct copy of the 3, but this isn’t where the connection ends.
According to Elon Musk, Ford apparently blocked the use of the name, Model E – the Model 3’s original name – because it was planned to be the name for Ford’s first electric vehicle. Due to this, Musk went on to joke that Ford ‘killed S E X’, by removing the Model E from the Tesla portfolio. Despite all of this effort, Ford didn’t go through with using that name, instead naming it the Mach-E.
Ford was quick to reply to Elon’s tweet with an equally diplomatic response:
“Thanks, Elon. We couldn’t agree more. See you at the charging station!”
Thanks, Elon. We couldn't agree more. See you at the charging station!
— Ford Motor Company (@Ford) November 18, 2019
I’m excited to watch the rivalry between Ford and Tesla develop, as healthy competition breeds innovation. As an industry that still needs to work towards swaying the masses, companies should be encouraged to push one another to make electric vehicles a more popular and accessible choice for the average consumer.