There have been more changes in the fine print of the updates announced by Ford for the 2023.5 Mustang Mach-E. The main changes were new battery chemistry with improved range and charging, more powerful AWD versions, and lower prices. Those lower MSRPs were countered by revised prices for certain features like BlueCruise, which tripled for subscribers renewing the hands-free driving technology. In following Tesla’s decision to cut prices, Ford also followed Tesla’s decision to charge for what was once standard equipment. The Ford Mobile Charger (FMC) was previously included with the Mach-E, it’s now $500. The parallel is that Tesla’s Mobile Connector was once standard equipment for the Model Y, but now costs $230.
As you will notice, the same process resulted in two very different monetary results – $500 versus $230. Frankly, we don’t understand why Ford would charge so much unless it was trying to attract Mach-E buyers. not to buy the FMC. The 20-foot-long FMC maxes out at 30 amps and comes with two outlets, a NEMA 5-15 outlet for the usual 120V outlet and a NEMA 14-50 outlet for 240V outlets. Ford advises owners who do not have the correct outlet to “simply contact a licensed electrician” or “contact [Ford’s] favorite installer, Sunrun. “The 20-foot-long Tesla Mobile Cord maxes out at the same 30 amps and comes with the same connectors. Tesla, however, also sells a set of adapters to fit seven additional outlet types, from NEMA 5 -20 to NEMA 6-50. The package costs $245, which means the Tesla buyer could get the cord and connectors and still have $25 left over from the Ford unit – and potentially avoid paying more d money to an electrician.
Even weirder, what appears to be the same FMC sold in the Ford accessory store is $470, not $500. This also happens with the F-150 Lightning; adding the FMC in the pickup’s configurator adds $500 to the price, Ford’s accessory store sells it for $470.
Aftermarket mobile charging cords cost around $150 to $350, with many in the $200 to $300 window.
Beyond that, Ford has added a Comfort Package Lite to the entry-level Mach-E Select trim. It installs heated front seats, a memory driver’s seat, a heated steering wheel and power-folding side mirrors for $1,500. Compared to the Full Comfort Package that is included on higher trims, the Select’s Lite trim lacks the power tailgate and cargo area lid.
Product planners have also reduced the price of the GT Performance Package by $1,000, to $5,000. This upgrades the top GT trim with mods like a more powerful front electric motor, 20-inch wheels on summer tires, MagneRide suspension and front-row performance seats.
The last item that wasn’t mentioned was the destination fee which went up from $500 to $1,800. A year ago, the destination fee was $1,100.