Orders for the upcoming Ford Mach-E – the fully electric Mustang – may open as soon as mid-May, new images of the ordering interface that were shared with an online Mach-E forum suggest.
The images, which are prototype images designed to train dealers in how the ordering process works, were shared by on the forum on Wednesday (US time), and shown at the top of the invoice page it appears that Ford will be asking a $US1,500 ($A2,509 converted) deposit to take an order.
The mockup up form also shows a shipping date for late 2020.
Reservations for the Mustang Mach-E have been open since soon after its unveil in November 2019, and by January it appeared that, according to reservation numbers collected by a member of the Mach-E forum, Ford had already taken $US500 ($A836 converted) reservation fees from 30,000 interested US drivers.
Ford has not confirmed these numbers but in a press release on March 10 said that it had taken reservations from customers in all 50 US states.
An animated map released by the auto maker shows that the greatest interest for the Mach-E is in the west and southwest states including California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona and Washington.
In the north eastern reaches such as Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the one-in-three preference for the AWD version of the Mach-E jumped to nine-in-ten.
While changes to original configurations have not been possible while still listed as a reservation, when stepping up a reservation to an order, it is understood that customers are able to change their configurations.
Although Ford, along with other car makers in the US and abroad, has currently reduced production at its north and south American factories to help contain the spread of Covid-19, it would appear that it still intends to keep to its slated release for the Premium and First Edition versions of the Mach-E in late 2020.
From early May, the shared images suggest that dealers will monitor the reservation activity on a daily basis in order to accept the order. An accepted order is equivalent to a wholesale order according to the instructions, and dealers are advised to contact customers before accepting the order.
The Mach-E, which will be available in five variants from the “Select” entry model to the upper end “GT”, is Ford’s first foray into all-electric drivetrains.
Starting at $US43,895 ($A73,430 at today’s rates) with a top range of 300 miles (482km) for more expensive models, the opening of order books will be Ford’s step towards electrification which includes plans to introduce at least 16 all-electric models.
A partnership with German car maker Volkswagen to explore EVs and self-driving vehicles, a $US500 million ($A836 million) investment in Michigan electric car startup Rivian and development of an all-electric F-150 utility truck also form steps on Ford’s path to electrification.
It is understood that a right-hand drive version of the Mach-E will be fast-tracked for the UK, a good sign that the all-electric Mustang may also be on the cards for Australia.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.