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All-Electric Ford Mustang? Don’t Count On It Yet, Says Ford

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With its latest generation of EcoBoost engines, plug-in drivetrains, and Internet-connected infotainment systems, Ford wants the world to know it is working toward safer, more informed, and greener cars.

But one reporter went slightly off-message at a recent event, asking Executive Chairman Bill Ford when the automaker would make an all-electric Mustang Shelby GT500.

“It’ll be a while,” responded Ford. “A 600-horsepower electric vehicle might be able to get from here to the end of the room.”

As Forbes’ Todd Woody recounted, however, Ford didn’t entirely dismiss the possibility.

“As batteries get better and the technology develops, we never say never,” Ford explained.

“I must say I average my guilt by having a bunch of Mustangs and by having the first production electric vehicle also," Ford's chairman admitted. "Some day you’ll be able to have it all.”

The question came during a press event to mark the opening of Ford's Silicon Valley technology center, dedicated to harnessing the best green and tech minds in Silicon Valley.

Bill Ford’s own attitude towards electric cars mirrors that of the family company, and that of Ford CEO Alan Mulally, but high-performance production and prototype plug-in cars are hardly a futuristic thing.

2013 Ford Shelby GT500

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What of the Tesla Roadster, whose production has just finished? How about Rimac?

Or the host of prototypes for production cars we’ve seen from mainstream makers like Porsche, Audi, and Infiniti?

And the idea of an all-electric Ford muscle car isn’t exactly new either.

Way back in 2008,  a pair of all-electric Fords made it to the 34th Annual Toyota GP in Long Beach, California.

While the Tjaarda EVX Mustang and HST Shelby Cobra EVX each had only 300 horsepower under the hood, both cars packed 1,000 foot-pounds of torque at 0 rpm--far more than today's Mustang Shelby GT500. 

Performance figures? The slower Tjjarda EVX Mustang reached 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, going on to a top speed of 120 mph. When driven sensibly, it managed over 100 miles per charge. 

Meanwhile, the more powerful HST Shelby Cobra EVX managed 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds--faster than any Tesla Roadster--and topped out at 150 mph. 

Admittedly, at offering prices of $80,000 and $125,000 respectively, neither car was cheap. Nor could their top speed match the gasoline Mustang Shelby GT500, whose 600-hp V-8 can power it past 200 mph. 

Perhaps one day Ford's engineers will see the light (so to speak) and start to tap the awesome torque and lightning acceleration of battery-powered performance cars.

Then the only challenge left will be to convince their customers.

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  1. 100% torque at 0 rpm is a performance figure no gasoline powered car can match.
     
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  2. Fully agree. For acceleration, Electric Motors are the way to go.
     
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  3. The future of electric vehicles doesn't depend upon Ford or his company, anymore than it depends upon Tesla, despite their leading EV architecture. Nor does it depend upon anything green , brown or red. With cheaper (and longer lived) batteries, the game is over. They'll be here, and a whole lot sooner than the moron
    experts who predict "2020 or 2025" or other such nonsense. 99% of the pro/con arguments I hear for/against electrics are pure rubbish. Talking isn't going to determine which technology prevails. I would advise most to quit wasting their breath in these pointless arguments. I want the latest news. Nothing else.
     
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  4. @Kent: Regrettably, then, it's possible you will be forced to find another site from which to get your "latest news".
     
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  5. "Talking isn't going to determine which technology prevails".
    No but the buyer will. If sales of the "Electric Mustang" hits the skids then I would say that will be the driving force.
     
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  6. What of the Tesla Roadster? While the acceleration is stunning, the top end is laughable. The first generation Mazda Rx-7 did that, and that was 30 years ago. By '84 they had increased it when they switched back to the 13B.

    How about Rimac? Superb except $1 million?! Who is going to pay that or even close to it for a Ford? You can save around 400K by buying a competitor that matches the Rimac or save 800K and modify an existing Ford or [Fill in the Blank] to rival the Rimac.

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  7. I only care what the top speed is if it is less than the i-MiEV's 85 mph limit. It isn't like there is any place I want to go that 85 mph would not be overkill. I've gone over 125 mph on a public highway and later thanked God I didn't die from the stupidity of such a stunt.
     
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  8. Then your comment should be to the author of the article for even suggesting the notion of an electric Mustang is feasible/worthy. This is about an electric Mustang, muscle car/sports car. If you intend to supply an alternative power-plant, then you need to meet the standards set by the original.

    Granted 85 for you is overkill. For us, it is too slow; we do that on the way to the airport, and that is within city limits. Outside of that, it is 'petal to the metal'! But this isn't about us; it's about the Mustang.

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  9. Acceleration is much more useful than top speed. Cars capable of 200 mph are useless, especially since there are exactly ZERO public roads where that insane speed is legal. The $125,000 HST Shelby Cobra EVX doing 0-60 in 3.2 seconds, would destroy almost every Mustang ever made. Plus it can be operated for far less. Electric is definitely the way to go.
    I'd like to build a street-legal electric Nissan 300ZX with a less than 4 sec. 0-60 time.
     
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