Elon Musk 'excited' about Ford Mustang Mach-E

"It will encourage other carmakers to go electric too."

Tesla chief Elon Musk has voiced enthusiasm for Ford's Mustang Mach-E, which will directly rival the Tesla Model Y when both arrive on the market late next year.

"Congratulations on the Mach E! Sustainable/electric cars are the future!!" the executive proclaimed on Twitter. "Excited to see this announcement from Ford, as it will encourage other carmakers to go electric too."

Tesla's stated mission is to "accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy." When questioned by reporters focused on rivalry with traditional automakers, Musk has argued that Tesla's goals are best accomplished if the company inspires the entire automotive industry to embrace all-electric vehicles. To that end, the company has apparently succeeded in demonstrating that a large number of buyers are now willing to embrace EVs.

The Mach-E has clearly taken inspiration from Tesla's lineup with two battery sizes, rear- or all-wheel drive, multiple performance variants, and a simplified dashboard that centers around a massive 15.5-inch central touchscreen. The longest-range variant will be able to cruise for 300 miles on a single charge, while the GT Performance boasts a mid-three-second sprint to 60 mph. The most affordable package will arrive in 2021 for just under $45,000.

Ford had been planning to build a more traditional electric "compliance car" until Jim Hackett took over as chief executive in 2017 and paved the way for a more mainstream model that became the Mach-E. The rollout will be closely watched to determine how much EV market share can be secured by the Detroit Big Three as the electric crossover segment continues to grow with several more competitors in the next few years.

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