Ford has been caught benchmarking myriad electric vehicles over the past couple months. Back in December of 2021, Ford Authority spied the Tesla Model Y Performance in the hands of The Blue Oval, followed by the Lucid Air in March 2022 and the Tesla Model S Plaid just a few months later in June. Now, our spies have caught yet another rival EV being benchmarked by Ford: the Polestar 2, which competes with the Ford Mustang Mach-E on mostly on price and battery range.
At first glance, one might be hard-pressed to call the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Polestar 2 rivals. After all, the Mustang Mach-E is a utility crossover vehicle, while the Polestar 2 competes as a sedan. However, they compete in the same price bracket. The Polestar 2 carries a starting MSRP of $48,400, while the Mustang Mach-E starts at $43,895 for the base Select trim, meaning their respective lineups have a lot of overlap between them. The Polestar is capable of 270 miles from a full charge, producing 476 horsepower at peak output. The Mustang Mach-E, on the other hand, is capable of producing between 266 horsepower and 346 horsepower excluding the GT trim, and offers over 300 miles of driving range from a single charge.
Aside from gauging its driving dynamics or other engineering quirks, Ford could be benchmarking the Polestar sedan to learn more about its Google-based operating system, which provides a range of Google apps and services that have been integrated into the vehicle’s systems. This includes media players, navigation, and hands-free vehicle system control with Google Assistant. The Blue Oval plans to implement its own Google-based OS in its upcoming vehicles, offering familiar Google apps and a wide range of third-party apps as well.
This Google OS has only been confirmed for the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning so far, but it’s entirely possible that it could be on the way for the Mustang Mach-E. It makes sense, then, that Ford would be interested in studying how the Polestar 2 sedan handles its Google OS in order to make smooth the development of its own products.