Ford and electric vehicles overall are going to suffer even more bad optics due to this. Ford’s new electric vehicle, the Mustang Mach-E, has a problem: the car can lose power while it’s being driven. Consequently, that has prompted the company to issue a recall and halt sales until the issue is fixed. From CNBC:
Ford Motor is instructing dealers to temporarily stop selling electric Mustang Mach-E crossovers due to a potential safety defect that could cause the vehicles to become immobile.
Ford, in a notice Monday to its dealers, said potentially affected vehicles include 2021 and 2022 Mach-Es that were built from May 27, 2020, through May 24, 2022, at the automaker’s Cuautitlan plant in Mexico.
Nearly 49,000 of the roughly 100,000 Mach-Es produced during that time frame will be part of a recall, Ford spokesman Said Deep told CNBC.
This means that almost half or about 50,000 of the Mustang Mach-E’s built at the Ford plant in Mexico over that two year period will be returned. This recall doesn’t help Ford continuing to make these cars, especially when the costs to construct on of these cars is climbing rapidly. If your vehicle is one of the ones affected, it might be a good idea not to bring it back yourself:
The problem involves a potential overheating of the vehicle’s high voltage battery main contactors, which is an electrically controlled switch for a power circuit. The issue can lead to a malfunction that could cause the vehicle not to start or immediately lose propulsion power while in motion, the notice states.
“[I]mmediately lose propulsion power while in motion” is definitely concerning, and, no doubt this won’t the first time the Mustang Mach-E will be recalled, as evidenced by the numerous recalls Tesla has issued. But, like the Biden administration insists, by owning an electric car you’ll save a bunch of money by no longer having to pay those high gas prices at the pump, right? No, wait!