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Automakers have been struggling to make new cars for the past year. The pandemic followed by the high demand for semiconductors led to a shortage of buyers and resources. And while the chip shortage has affected automakers differently, delays have become more frequent than ever. And the most recent car impacted by all this is the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

A red Mustang Mach-E driving down the highway in a mountainous desert area.
Mustang Mach-E | The Ford Motor Company

Mustang Mach-E’s delayed by at least six weeks for some customers

For anyone who ordered their Mustang Mach-E between July 5th and October 1st should expect their new ‘stang to arrive a minimum of six weeks later than expected. Unfortunately, there’s no maximum wait time, so buyers could be twiddling their thumbs for longer than that. Caused by the lack of chips, the owners will be made aware of the status of their vehicle once the car is all put together.

When reporting to The Verge, Ford had this to say on the matter: “The global semiconductor shortage continues to affect global automakers and other industries in all parts of the world. We are working closely with all of our key suppliers to address production constraints tied to this global semiconductor shortage so we can continue to build Mach-E vehicles, and get them to our customers as quickly as we can.”

Ford is no stranger to the chip shortage, with over 60,000 F-150s waiting for chips. But while the automaker attempts to get their cars off the production line as soon as possible, these delays aren’t all bad news.

The delay isn’t all bad for affected buyers

Two 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E models charging
Two 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E models charging | Allison Barfield

There is a silver lining in all this, however. Customers affected by the Mustang Mach-E delay will be receiving 250kw of free charging on the Ford Blue Oval charge network. This is on top of the 250kw they’ll receive when purchasing a Mustang Mach-E, which makes for a total of 500kw. After some rough paper napkin math, that adds up to around 1,250 free miles of driving, though afterward, it’s all on you.

Not only that, but the Blue Oval charging network is the largest in North America. With over 13,500 stations and counting, many of the stations are complimentary. And you can plot your next road trip using the FordPass app, which can help plot the route according to your specific vehicle’s range. Long story short, what’d cost a gas car about $100 you can do for free.

The Mustang Mach-E will be worth the wait

Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford Mustang Mach-E | Ford

Starting at $42,895 (or as low as $35,395 after federal tax credits), the Mustang Mach-E boasts proper sportscar numbers in a new, four-door look. While many Ford fanatics had strong opinions when the car first debuted, if you’re reading this, you’ve probably already ordered one. Therefore, those opinions shouldn’t matter to you now.

It’s the specs and speeds that hooked you to this electric vehicle. For starters, a second electric motor is available in every trim, AWD costs just $2,700 more. That, paired with the top-level GT package (starting just shy of $60,000), propels the 5000lb Mach-E to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. But if it’s range you’re after, look no further than the California Route 1 package, which is able to fo 305 miles per charge. However, contrary to the name, the Mach-E can’t make it all 620 miles.

Ford is even throwing in their semi-autonomous driving software BlueCruise (at an additional $600). This Level 2 Autonomous Driving system allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel while the car is cruising on highways. However, their eyes still need to be on the road, the car tracking them using cameras. A bit creepy that you’re Ford is watching you, but necessary as the technology isn’t completely independent.

Waiting is always the hardest part, and absence makes the heart grow fonder. But because nobody could stop buying phones and computers at the start of the pandemic. So, because of the chip shortage, you’ll just have to wait a little longer for your Ford Mustang Mach-E.


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