Don’t Let Range Anxiety Stop You From Buying the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD

by Gabrielle DeSantis

The arrival of the Ford Mustang Mach-E has been rather controversial, but anyone who has stopped to take the new electric SUV for a test drive might feel differently. With the Mach-E, Ford aims to provide the growing market of electric vehicles, as well as the increasing demand for SUVs, with the best option possible. If you’re still nervous about buying an electric vehicle because of range limitations, there is one variation of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E that makes it the perfect vehicle for you.

The electric Ford Mustang Mach-E | David McNew, Getty Images

The 2021 Mustang Mach-E

The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is the brand’s big splash into the world of electric SUVs. It makes the entrance in style, with a base-model MSRP of $42,895, dropping it securely into the reasonable price range of other, already established electric SUVs on the market while still remaining relatively affordable, and that price doesn’t include the potential $7,500 federal tax credit, either, which, according to Ford, the vehicle as applicable for.

A quick scroll through the Ford website shows off impressive but partially deceptive statistics for the car, which you won’t notice unless you look at the fine print. The Mustang Mach-E boasts a peppy acceleration of 0 – 60 mph in 3.5 seconds — if you pick the GT option. It also offers a reasonable range of 305 miles — if you select the Extended Range Battery, RWD option. But what should you actually expect from the SUV?

A close up of the rear end of a blue Mustang Mach-E
The Ford Mustang Mach-E First Edition | Qilai Shen/Bloomberg, Getty Images

The Mach-E Extended-Range RWD

There are several variations of the new Mustang Mach-E that make it a great option for different drivers. If you’re looking for a peppy, sporty driving experience, for example, you might opt for the GT. But, if you’re newer to buying electric vehicles and you’re feeling a bit of range anxiety creeping in, or you just want an SUV that can really go the distance, you might be more interested in the Extended-Range RWD option.

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California Route 1

The California Route 1 is the official trim level for the Extended-Range RWD version of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E, and it has potential for being the ultimate road-trip machine. While it may not offer the impressive acceleration that the GT has, with a 0 – 60 mph time of 6.1 seconds, and the horsepower figure of 290 hp won’t make you think twice, there is one big benefit of picking the California Route 1.

The 2021 Mustang Mach-E California Route 1 offers a competitive and impressive range of 305 miles. Ford makes it clear that this range is provided on a full charge and can vary slightly in different driving conditions and with different driving styles.

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Many drivers and critics may still remain skeptical about the new Mustang Mach-E regardless of any positive reviews, but that isn’t too far fetched from all of the negativity that the more standard Mustang itself receives either.

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