As electric vehicles continue to explode in popularity it’s becoming more and more critical for companies to develop and produce mass market electric cars as quickly as possible. Because of this, Ford’s first electric SUV, and first mass-market electric car, is a monstrous step for the company. Not only is it a solid overall electric car, but by bearing the Mustang name it also holds some coolness value. So, what competition does the rest of the car industry have to offer?
Tesla Model Y
Starting at just under $44,000, the Mach-E has a lot to offer for an electric car at its price point. The base model has around 230 miles of range, can go 0 to 60 in the mid five second range, and has the appeal of the legendary pony car brand. However, the Model Y offers all of that—minus the last part—at a lower cost. With a before-incentives cost of $39,000 the Model Y proves to be the best suited competitor to the Mach-E, and it comes with the solid reputation that Tesla has been building up over the past decade.
Acting as the brand’s first all-electric car, the I-Pace is a sporty luxury SUV coupé which is very similar to the Mach-E in size, shape, and performance. The only problem is that it costs almost $20,000 more since it starts at $69,850. But it also shoots from 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds, has an EPA-rated 234 miles of range, and has some impressive styling. The I-Pace also holds the honor of “World Car of the Year” given by World Car Awards, not to mention that it also won “Best Design” and “Best Green Car”.
The Audi e-tron only started selling just recently but its aggressive Daytime Running Light (DRL) design at the front with the full-width lightbar at the rear makes the e-tron instantly recognizable. Audi also just revealed a coupé variant of the e-tron. Surprisingly, the e-tron is priced ahead of the I-Pace with a $74,800 base cost. Despite the higher cost, the e-tron doesn’t have much to show for it. With only 204 miles of range and a 0 to 60 sprint that clocks in at 5.5 seconds, the e-tron leaves lots to be wanted. However, its tech-laden interior somewhat makes up for its battery woes.