Ford Mustang Mach-E

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Finally, an Electric Vehicle Worthy of Your Sci-Fi Dreams

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As a kid, I would force my family to watch any movie with a futuristic setting, ESPECIALLY if there were cool cars in it. I remember watching Back to the Future 2 in the theater and my mind slowly melting as I witnessed Doc and Marty blast into the future with their flying Delorean, hoverboard and holograms. I would harass my father with a million questions about when cars would look or perform like they did in the movies. I would BEG my family to let me go to the auto show every year so that I could search out futuristic concept cars.

Many study halls and Friday nights were spent doodling what I imagined cars of the future would be like: touch screens, smart computers, autonomous driving (like KITT, the crime-fighting talking car from Knight Rider), the capability to switch from driving to flying mode. Little did I know that most of my futuristic fantasies would come true in a few decades, although it was in the form of electric cars, not flying ones.

So you can imagine why I jumped at the chance to take a closer look at Ford’s amazing new electric vehicles.

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Seamlessly connected tech.

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Right when you sit in the new Mustang Mach-E, it feels like you’ve entered a sci-fi movie. There’s the 10.2 inch digital instrument cluster screen, a center console featuring a gorgeous 15.5 inch center touchscreen command center that’s tricked out with SYNC® 4A technology. It allows you to run Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ wirelessly, choose drive modes ranging from relaxed “Whisper” to “Unbridled” high-performance, which electronically tweaks the steering and throttle responses to match your driving style.

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The Ford BlueCruise technology allows you to operate the vehicle hands-free while being monitored by a driver-facing camera.

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One of the most exciting new features is the futuristic Ford BlueCruise technology that will be in available. Lightning and Mustang Mach-E vehicles. Ford BlueCruise is a new technology that builds upon available Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering and Speed Sign Recognition. It allows the driver to operate their vehicle hands-free while being monitored by a driver-facing camera to make sure you’re keeping your eyes on the road. This feature is compatible on prequalified sections of divided highways called Hands-Free Blue Zones that make up over 130,000 miles of North American roads.

When pulling out of my city parking space for the first time, I noticed the Mustang Mach-E 360-degree camera system. It shows a top-down view of the vehicle and also features cameras in the front and back. This camera tech will come in handy when running errands around town.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

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Once I got onto the highway, I was able to engage the Ford Co-Pilot 360 technology in light traffic. It has futuristic features like Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control that will adjust your speed based on the traffic ahead and Lane Centering Assist will help keep your vehicle in the center of the lane, as long as you keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. I tried to imagine myself as a kid knowing that I would someday be riding in an all-electric high-performance Mustang. It’s a concept that would have melted my brain as much as any flying car.

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FordPass app.

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Another futuristic feature is the FordPass app, which is available on Android and iPhone. When FordPass Connect is activated and the FordPass app is downloaded and paired with your Ford vehicle (in this case the Mustang Mach-E), the app arms you with powerful tools. The FordPass Power My Trip feature helps with trip planning by considering the all-electric vehicle’s current state of charge, live traffic and identifying charging points along your route. It allows you to remotely lock, unlock and start the vehicle, while also monitoring tire pressure and location of your vehicle. You can even set up your smartphone to serve as an alternative to a traditional set of keys. Talk about forward-thinking tech!

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The Intelligent Backup Power feature on the all-new Ford F-150 Lightning.

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Test driving the new Mustang Mach-E felt like a glimpse into the future, but Ford has worked just as much groundbreaking technology into their all-new Ford F-150 Lightning. Not only is it capable of a targeted EPA-estimated range of 300 miles on a full charge (with the extended battery options) and comes with loads of towing and hauling power thanks to its torque-filled electric motors, it can also offer Intelligent Back Up Power to homes and job sites. For example, if your house loses power after a storm, you can use the truck’s Intelligent Backup Power system to provide up to 10 days of power to your home (based on 30kWh rationed use per day using the truck with the option extended range battery). Also, fun fact, since the F-150 Lightning doesn’t run on gasoline, it has space for a gigantic Mega Power Frunk (trunk in the front) where the combustion engine would normally live. The locking frunk has 14.1 cubic feet of storage space and up to 400lbs of payload capacity, not to mention power outlets and a cargo management system loaded in there. That’s so incredibly useful to anyone that likes to haul lots of stuff and power equipment in remote areas.

I’ll admit, I had no idea Ford packed SO MUCH futuristic tech into its latest vehicles until I had the chance to drive around their Mustang Mach-E and learn all about their F-150 Lightning. Consider me incredibly impressed and excited for young Douglas to see his future car fantasies come true. Only thing I’m still missing is that “hover car” button…

Disclaimers: Don’t drive while distracted or while using handheld devices. Use voice-operated systems when possible. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones. Requires phone with active data service and compatible software. SYNC 4 does not control 3rd party products while in use. 3rd Parties are solely responsible for their respective functionality. See Owner's Manual for detail and limitations. EPA-estimated targeted range of 300 miles. Based on full charge Extended Range]. Actual range varies with conditions such as external environment, vehicle use, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health. FordPass App, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and weight distribution.