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Ford Mustang Mach-E Production Requires Loads Of New Tech

As we reported last week, 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E production is underway at the Ford Cuautitlan Plant in Mexico. And as one might imagine, equipping and retooling the assembly plant to produce Ford’s first-ever all-electric production vehicle took a bit of work, as well as the addition of some pretty high tech equipment.

According to Ford, it took approximately one year to integrate these new technologies and train the folks who will be assembling the vehicle before Mach-E production could begin. That process began with new stamping dies.

The dies weigh between 20 and 40 tons, and have a crane type gripper and two hooks capable of lifting up to 50 tons. In addition, there are 5 presses with between 1,000 and 2,500 tons of pressure to mold the sheets. Cuautitlan is the first plant to implement an anti-collision and anti-pendulum system in the cranes.

Cuautitlan is also the first Ford plant globally to use an artificial vision system to complete bodywork. In addition, it has 190 Fanuc-type robots with state-of-the-art dimensional location systems, allowing 90 percent of this process to be automated.

Each unit is cleaned with Zirconium and prepared for an application of Ecoat, which gives it resistance to corrosion as well as the necessary leveling to the surface to receive the paint effectively. Similarly, noise insulators are now applied as a liquid.

The production area for the Mach-E is divided into two parts: trim, where the interiors are installed, and chassis, which handles the exterior parts, as well as the mechanical ones. The new line of high-voltage batteries enjoys a 75 percent automated processes. Finally, 7 hours and 247 people are required for each shift for a vehicle to be completed at a rate of 20 units per hour.

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“Ford of Mexico and the Cuautitlan Izcalli plant carry Mustang DNA since having produced this model in the 80s, and now with the Mustang Mach-E we return to the production of the family of its most iconic vehicle. CSAP is ideal to carry out this transformation due to its quality and proven efficiency over the years,” said Enrique Araiza, director of manufacturing. “On the other hand, being a vehicle focused on the global market, Mexico is strategic thanks to its privileged location.”

We’ll have more on the Mach-E very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Mustang Mach-E news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Roy Chile’s

    It’s strange Ford didn’t retool a plant and build there 1st EV in Michigan it being part of the Mustang family

  2. Chris D.

    I hope, truly hope, that Jim Farley and the rest of the leadership team have learned the painful lessons of the botched Explorer/Aviator launch. Go slow, check, double check, and test the heck out of the first batches of these vehicles to be sure this launch is FLAWLESS.

  3. Robert

    I was interested in buying one of these until I saw the giant tablet on the dash.

    If every electric car in the future has one of those then I’ll never buy an electric car in my life ie that one thing is a dealbreaker for me personally.

  4. Bill Howland

    Robert I tend to agree – this ‘trend’ has been going on along time….. Ever notice that the “USA TODAY” newspaper vending boxes from 40 years ago looked like premium console TV sets?

    Nowadays at restaurants I grin privately to myself: All the young people are so HOOKED on their celly phones that they have to go up to the Kiosk to order their food to supposedly ‘save time’ , (even McDonald’s have these silly things), when it is always much less time to just go to the counter and tell the person what you want. Of course, in time, they’ll fire the counter people and everyone will be FORCED to order this way.

    The Tesla Model 3 has this facility since they have no cost of a dashboard, but I personally feel it is a safety issue, since those of us without the lack of quick focus that we had when our eyes were young, have difficulty quickly moving between looking at the road and looking over at a touch screen.

    I would hope that manufacturers would offer plain jane dashboards on ‘stripped’ models, and leave the fancy ‘internet access’ stuff for the young people who insist on bells and whistles.

    Its too much to dream for, by I also wish they’d start making these things in the US of A.

  5. George Beard

    I have had a design for a very specially built Cobra that i tried to get with mr. Shelby before his passing. I have tried to contact the Shelby family in hopes of making the fastest ford ever made in mr. Shelby’s honor and in his name.
    7 second 1/4 mile and capable of well over 320 mph. 900 lbs 1500-1800 hp. Able to drive every day without engine ware or rebuilding. But as of today no reply.


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