Ford is building up anticipation for its first all-electric vehicle by teasing a brand new design sketch of what they are currently dubbing a ‘Mustang-inspired fully-electric performance utility’ vehicle.
After confirming back in August that its first all-electric vehicle would be based on the Mustang Mach 1, the American automaker has finally released a teaser sketch of what their new electric crossover is shaping up to look like. The teased sketch doesn’t reveal too much, but it definitely shows that the electric crossover will be borrowing heavily from the Mustang’s design, as evident by its familiar classic three-bar taillights.
As of right now, we don’t know very much about the new Mustang-inspired crossover, save for the fact that Ford has stated the vehicle will have a target range of 300 miles.
The Mustang-inspired crossover doesn’t even have an official name at this time. After an interview with Jim Farley, Ford’s president of global markets, regarding potentially naming the electric vehicle after the Mach 1, Farley had this to say:
“We put that out there to evaluate it. There are pros and cons. I don’t want to handicap it at this point, but we got a very strong reaction from people.”
The “very strong reaction” Farley referenced refers to the out-pour of anger from fans of the original Mustang Mach 1, who were upset at the notion that Ford would “dare” name an electric vehicle after the original gas powered king of the road.
Since then, the electric crossover has been rumored to be named the “Model E,” a decision that caused quite a stir over at Tesla when CEO Elon Musk was forced to drop their own “Model E” trademark after the threat of a potential lawsuit from Ford back in 2014. Had Tesla been given the rights to the “Model E” trademark, it would have coincided with their other models S and X in order for their lineup to spell out “S-E-X”. Musk notoriously responded to the lawsuit by stating “Ford tried to kill sex.”
We should see what Ford decides to name their Mustang-inspired crossover come 2020 as the American automaker works to bring it to market.