Ford Mustang Lithium EV arrives at SEMA with 900 hp
The one-off show car will help Ford gauge interest in all-electric sports cars.
Ford has made a surprise SEMA debut, revealing the Mustang Lithium all-electric pony car.
An electric powertrain delivers no less than 900 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of instantaneous torque via a six-speed manual gearbox and Torsen differential. An 800-volt battery is said to support up to a megawatt of discharge energy.
Ford says the Lithium serves as more than just a one-off show car, helping the company gauge interest in electric sports cars and serving as a test platform for battery and EV powertrain tech co-developed with Webasto.
The automaker is preparing to debut a Mustang-inspired electric crossover next year, followed by an all-electric F-150 pickup "in a few years."
The Blue Oval and rivals are entering uncharted waters as the industry embraces electric vehicles. The Tesla Model S has shamed many dedicated supercars on the drag strip, however it remains to be seen if mainstream sports-car buyers will open their wallets for a pure battery-powered pony car based on performance advantages alone.