When you regularly drive, and work on cars from 40-100 years old, there's a lot to be said for a daily with infinite torque, no real maintenance and smooth silent running. Not all drives need to be exciting and combustion powered.
As long as the Mach-E hasn't been built at or before February 3rd...
In this episode Sandy Munro sits down with the gentlemen from 3IS Inc. to discuss the differences between the electrical architectures of the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mach-E, and Volkswagen ID.4.
ID4 and Mach E still have a lot of legacy stuff from the corporate parts bin.
Would be better to integrate more modules and move to 48v systems.
Just test drove one of these briefly with mom, who suddenly discovered it's a thing and is interested. We both liked it quite a lot.
Ofc 30 minutes is not enough to put together a proper opinion, but the first impressions are really rather positive. I've test driven many EVs recently, and this has felt by far the most solid and well-designed, apart from my own car - although I guess I've been driving that for over 2 years now and might have some difficulties comparing objectively But it definitely shines in my opinion compared to, say: a Merc EQA, an ID.3, and an e-tron (the SUV).
Put shortly, all of these cars feel like they have a mix of "traditional" elements and functionality from the manufacturer's "legacy" cars, blended together with the "new" EV stuff. In almost all of them, this mix feels very off - stuff like the screens still talking about "ignition" when you have to turn on the car before driving off, or the charging port being in the fuel filler cap opening with a million extra covers that make sense for a hole that seals highly flammable liquid but not a charging port that you have to access multiple times per day sometimes, or a huge motor space in the front used up by the AC compressor, power steering pump and other "engine room" things that still belong on an EV, but with a cubic meter of air remaining because of a missing motor and not used for anything sensible like a front trunk (looking at you, EQA).
In the Mach-E, this "mix" just feels right. There's a modern cockpit with two very nice screens that offer a ton of functionality, and they are decently responsive and fast. And there's physical controls for the "traditional" things like mirror and steering wheel adjustment, gear shifter, parking brake, etc - and it blends together well, instead of feeling off like it does in many others. It feels well designed and very nicely usable.
And it drives great. One-pedal mode is very close to the Tesla driving feel, the RWD variant we test-drove obviously is not as punchy as my 3P but nowhere near slow. It's smooth, the steering feels nice and solid, the ride is comfortable but not wallowing like the e-tron... overall a very well put-together package, I really can't find much I don't like about it.
Doing a longer test-drive on Wednesday, and getting some lease calculations done in the meantime to see how it compares to some other options mom looked at. But judging from the first impressions, very high chance that she'll end up with an RWD one of these - unsure whether with the standard or extended-range battery.