Ford is Joining the Electric Car Race Loud and Proud

Electricity may have been harnessed over a century ago, but today, it’s entering a new golden age – with electric vehicles are at the frontline of this era. Among other car companies, Ford has decided to join the movement. And it’s out to make sure you notice.

Meet the Mustang Lithium: a high-performance battery, all-electric Mustang fastback with a six-speed manual transmission. First seen at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas, this guy got everyone excited – before Ford announced that it was only a one-off, meaning it will never make it to a car shop near you.

Meet the Mustang Lithium

But according to Ford, the design is more than just a prototype: it’s test-building the electric car battery that Ford and thermal management technology Webasto have been developing for the e-mobility sector.

So, what makes the car so awesome – besides being electric, and looking good doing it?

The vehicle has an 800-volt Webasto battery system powering a Phi-Power dual-core electric motor and dual power inverters. Almost all electric cars to date sport 400 volts, except the Taycan – which reports a charge time of 5% to 80% in 22.5 minutes, thanks to this voltage. And, maybe more importantly (depending who you ask), all of that also means that this car gets 900-hp.

Also unlike other electric vehicles, this ‘stang also offers a manual transmission, as opposed to the usual single-speed gearboxes. While it’s not necessary, it’s a gift to those fans of three-pedal action.

On top of all that, it has 1,000 lb-ft of torque. These are controlled by four driving modes: Valet, Sport, Track and Beast.

A Dashboard Dream

And just to put the cherry on top, there’s a 10.4-inch touchscreen display inside in the dash. Because why not?

Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product development and purchasing officer, called this model “a great opportunity for us…to showcase to our customers what a new electrified powertrain can do for performance in a car they already know and love.”

Back in 2018, Ford announced an $11 billion investment in a plan fr 16 all-electrical vehicles by 2022. That portfolio will include an all-new Mustang-inspired fully electric SUV in 2020 with a range of 300 miles, and an all-electric F-150 in a few years, according to Ford.

Seems like they’re making good on their promise.