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Jim Farley Gives Jay Leno An In-Depth Look At The Mach-E: Video

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As the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E begins to reach dealerships, we’ll undoubtedly be seeing more and more of Ford’s first-ever ground-up all-electric production vehicle. But before that happens, Ford CEO Jim Farley was able to stop by Jay Leno’s Garage and give the comedian and car fanatic an up close and personal look at the new Mach-E.

Interestingly, the two kick off their conversation by discussing Ford’s decision to name the Mach-E a Mustang to begin with, which has caused more than a few enthusiasts to engage caps lock and express their disdain all over the internet. But as Farley is quick to point out, the Mustang name holds a certain prominence with buyers, and producing an electric version allows the automaker to continue to build the V8-powered Ford Mustang GT for years to come.

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Leno is quick to point out the fact that before ICE power came along, cars got by with steam, so it’s likely time for a new powertrain revolution to take place. The duo then begins to explore the details of the Mach-E, starting with its rear- or all-wheel-drive configuration, along with the reduced operating costs electric vehicles offer. But perhaps the most interesting part of the tour relates to the car’s interior.

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Like Tesla vehicles, the Mach-E is able to pre-heat or pre-cool the interior, and unlike a lot of other EVs, reportedly performs very well in cold weather. Farley also talks at length about how Ford spent a lot of time and engineering effort working to make the EV perform and feel like a Mustang, which is a big part of the reason why they opted for a rear-wheel-drive base layout instead of front-wheel-drive.

Overall, this video provides a very unique and in-depth look at Ford’s futuristic, all-electric crossover from the automaker’s top boss and perhaps the most notable car collector on earth. And those reasons alone make it well worth the watch.

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 non-stop Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

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. I refuse to live my life based on millennials’ distorted expectations.

    My real Mustang has a personality and a real exhaust note.

    I don’t care about its carbon footprint or the politicized “science” attached to it.

    Government subsidies aren’t a replacement for free market trends

    Propaganda is a dangerous thing.

    • Rather selfish on your part isn’t it ? At 76, I grew up in the post WWII hot rod yrs. I’ve owned a Bullet, CA Special and several other previous gen Mustangs. My current is a ’20 HEP GT350. It will in short order be replaced by a Mach 1. However, the handwriting is on the wall. EV is the wave of the future, like it or not. Additionally, with 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, I’d like to leave them a planet that is livable w/o the need for portable oxygen tanks when venturing outdoors.

      • That’s an awesome idea and I couldn’t agree more with leaving the Planet livable for our grandchildren. So how about you and your buddy Greta, the autistic lesbian, college drop out, actually deal with the real cause of Global Warming? It’s called China and India. North America’s carbon footprint is a drop in the bucket compared to those two countries but Environmental cowards hide from the political fallout of calling out China and India because its easy for them to play victim or the race card. Be honest, that’s also something to be for your Grandchildren, honesty and integrity are honorable traits. ICE vehicles today spew out air from the tailpipe thats cleaner then the Los Angeles air going in the intake. Car enthusiasts in N/A are not the cause of Global Warming.

        • Making an awful lot of assumptions aren’t you Dobson. Especially in light of the fact that you can’t see inside my mind. I reside in TX because I am an avowed capitalist and Reaganite. I wholeheartedly agree that China’s use of coal is a major contributor. Ditto India. That does not preclude nor exempt us from doing our part.

  2. Let’s talk about the pollution that will be caused by manufacturing these massive batteries and the electricity to charge them. I feel like I’m having electric cars forced down my throat by politically correct corporations. I personally could give a nano-shit about the carbon footprint of my ICE powered Mustang. I also don’t lean on the taxpayers of this country with a $7,500 tax credit for being pushed into buying one of these things. Why is a nation $28 trillion in debt, paying people to buy electric cars? Let the free market decide.

    Ford can’t afford to build both sedans and trucks at the same time, but can plow billions into the development of this Mach E thing. Ridiculous.

    • Ford is not wearing blinders. Their marketing department obviously sees what you don’t. If you are dissatisfied with the direction Ford is going, then pony up the bucks, buy out Bill Ford. Then you can call the shots. In the meantime, I’m liking what Ford is doing with the F150. A true money maker.

  3. One more thing Ketterer, my livestock aren’t adapt at wearing oxygen masks. What will you eat if and when your carbon footprint kills them ? Even vegetation needs clean air to grow. You really need to get over yourself.

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