Ford constructed an electrical Mustang with a handbook transmission. And we’re mad.

Ford needs the world to take discover of its plans for electrical automobiles. And what higher method than to construct an all-electric Mustang fastback with a six-speed handbook transmission?

And that has us indignant over right here as a result of it’s a big tease of a prototype that may by no means make it into manufacturing. Or least that’s what Ford is saying.

Ford and Webasto revealed Tuesday the “Mustang Lithium” high-performance battery electrical automobile on the Specialty Tools Market Affiliation (SEMA) commerce present in Las Vegas. The automobile is a one-off, which means this gained’t hit {the marketplace} anytime quickly, if ever.

Ford does say this electrified Mustang is greater than only a prototype. It’s additionally a testbed for battery and thermal administration applied sciences Webasto and Ford are creating for the rising e-mobility automotive section. So possibly there’s a likelihood?

The automobile has a Phi-Energy dual-core electrical motor and twin energy inverters powered by an 800-volt Webasto battery system. The bundle produces 900 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque, making certain its muscle automobile standing. The automobile has customized carbon fiber physique parts, a 1.0-inch lowered stance and 20-inch staggered becoming cast wheels, in keeping with Ford.

Ford highlights the handbook transmission because the “distinctive” twist. And it’s. Electrical automobiles have single-speed gearboxes. There may be actually no logical motive to have a handbook gearbox. For many who nonetheless love the three-pedal motion although, an electrical automobile with a handbook gearbox makes all of the sense on the earth.


The 800-volt battery system can also be price noting. The Porsche Taycan is taken into account the primary manufacturing automobile outfitted with a system voltage of 800 volts versus the same old 400 volts present in most electrical vehicles.

Ford’s use of 800 volts would possibly trace at which battery programs would possibly flip up in its manufacturing electrical automobiles. This extra strong system ought to enable for sooner charging. For example, Porsche credit its 800-volt system within the Taycan for permitting it to cost from 5% to 80% in 22.5 minutes with a most charging energy of as much as 270 kw.

Ford didn’t reveal battery vary. But it surely provided up a number of different specs, together with that it has 4 modes that apply a managed quantity of torque for various driving modes. The modes are Valet, Sport, Observe and Beast. The automobile additionally has an in-dash 10.4-inch touchscreen show.

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“Ford has made no secret of the truth that we’re electrifying our hottest nameplates,” Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s vhief product improvement and buying officer, stated in a press release. “This one-off Mustang prototype is a superb alternative for us, along with Webasto, to showcase to our clients what a brand new electrified powertrain can do for efficiency in a automobile they already know and love.”

Ford traditionally backed hybrid expertise. And whereas hybrids are nonetheless a part of the combo, Ford has positioned extra emphasis on the event and manufacturing of all-electric automobiles. In 2018, the corporate stated it is going to make investments $11 billion so as to add 16 all-electric automobiles inside its international portfolio of 40 electrified automobiles via 2022. That portfolio will embrace an all-new Mustang-inspired totally electrical SUV in 2020 with a variety of 300 miles, and an all-electric F-150 in a number of years, in keeping with Ford.

Ford unveiled in September on the Frankfurt Motor Present a variety of hybrid automobiles as a part of its plan to achieve gross sales of 1 million electrified automobiles in Europe by the top of 2022.

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