The Ford Mustang Mach-E is Ford’s first electric vehicle, debuting in 2019. Since then he has an impressive list of firsts to his name, no more important than his record in electrical safety. By 2023, it will be the only midsize EV SUV to top all Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) test categories.
How many mid-size EV SUVs from 2023 will participate in the safety test?
The IIHS conducts specific EV safety crash tests where specific impacts are measured through sensors located in critical areas of manikin bodies. Impact sensors for the head, neck, chest, abdomen and thighs detect shocks. There are 11 categories in total, including this year’s latest tests for side impact protection and front pedestrian collision prevention.
This year, 13 midsize SUVs qualified for IIHS testing. IIHS president David Harkey noted that while drivers are safest in a crash, there is “insufficient frontal crash protection for rear seat passengers”. And the only electric car to pass this and the other 10 tests is the Mach-E.
How many IIHS EV safety tests are there?
The Tesla Model Y, Ford Explorer and Subaru Ascent were all rated “Good”. Three others, the Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander and Volkswagen Atlas were all rated ‘Marginal’. In the back are the Honda Pilot, Hyundai Palisade, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wagner four-door, Mazda CX-9 and Nissan Murano.
Overall safety crash tests for electric cars cover crashworthiness, crash prevention and mitigation, seat belts and child seats, and testing of safety features offered. Within each of these general categories, there are individual tests for things like frontal overlap crash, side crash, roof strength, and head and seat restraints. The four possible grades are Good, Acceptable, Marginal, and Bad.
What safety features does the Mustang Mach-E EV come with?
The 2023 Mustang Mach-E features a number of safety and driver assistance technologies. It’s called Ford C-Pilot 360 and includes these standard EV safety features:
- FLASH® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert.
- Lane Keeping System with Blind Spot Assist.
- Lane-Keeping system with road edge detection.
- Rear view camera.
- Automatic high beams.
- Reverse brake assist.
- Rear parking sensors.
- Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking.
Heading into the Premium and California Route 1 trims, Ford is adding a 360-degree camera system, BlueCruise hands-free driving system, and active park assist. The Mustang Mach-E has nine airbags. They include dual front airbags, driver’s knee, front, rear and curtain airbags.
What are the wait times for the 2023 Mustang Mach-E?
Currently, Ford says wait times are between 18 and 22 weeks for all models except the Premium trim. Ford extends the waiting period to 24 months for this. Why the potential for extended wait times for Premium Mach-Es has not been explained. Suffice it to say that if you order now, you will have to wait a year and a half to two years. It is assumed that the model year of your Mach-E is indicated by the year it was delivered, but please contact Ford for more information.
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