By on September 28, 2021

Ford Motor Co. has announced that the Mustang Mach-E it sent off to tackle the Michigan State Police 2022 model year evaluation has passed, which is likely to bode well for the possibility of future fleet sales. But let’s not put the cart before the proverbial horse just yet. While Ford has had a long and fruitful history furnishing quality police vehicles, it has also offered up models that later required your author to do some research to figure out what “pursuit-rated” actually means.

The Mach-E passing the MSP’s gauntlet could simply mean that it didn’t endure a catastrophic failure while zipping around Grattan Raceway and we’re a little over a month away from getting comparative metrics for all vehicles tested earlier this month. However, Ford wanted to get out ahead of the test results so it can continue hyping the EV. 

From Ford:

The Ford Pro all-electric police pilot vehicle based on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E SUV just became the first all-electric vehicle to pass the rigorous Michigan State Police 2022 model year evaluation. Testing included acceleration, top speed, braking and high-speed pursuit, as well as emergency response handling characteristics. Michigan State Police is one of two law enforcement agencies that annually test new model year police vehicles and publish the results for use by agencies nationwide.

“The fact that the Mustang Mach-E successfully stood up to the grueling Michigan State Police evaluation demonstrates that Ford can build electric vehicles that are capable, tough and reliable enough for even the most challenging jobs,” said Ted Cannis, CEO of Ford Pro. “We understand the needs of our commercial customers and are committed to unlocking new electrification opportunities for them.”

While the Michigan State Police test vehicle dynamics, we’re equally interested in how officers find the Mach-E’s ergonomics. Ease of use is something that’s meticulously evaluated during testing and the competition (most of which is comprised of large domestic sedans, SUVs, and pickups) has already achieved high marks in years past. If the Mach-E turns out to be harder to live with than a Dodge Charger, chances are most departments aren’t going to care about the fueling advantages of an all-electric vehicle.

Dependability will be another matter. Police have traditionally preferred vehicles that can endure routine abuse without putting up a fuss. While the testing at Grattan cannot mimic the abuses your average squad car might endure through its lifespan, it does represent a couple of days of habitual thrashing and is likely to give a sense of what the Ford can and cannot handle. We’ll know more in November, when the Michigan State Police 2022 model year evaluation is released in earnest.

[Image: Ford Motor Co.]

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52 Comments on “Ford ‘Mustang’ Mach-E Passes Police Assessment...”


  • avatar
    BSttac

    Police got paid a pretty penny to say it passed evaluation. These will be disasters in winter with there windshields popping out along with Ford’s infamous build quality

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      The Mach-E just failed the moose test in this 1-minute video:

      “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PTOBc883zg&t=63s”

      • 0 avatar
        ToolGuy

        Points to Model Y: “That’s really good”

        Points to Mustang Mach-E: “That’s really bad”

        It is completely unfair to compare an upstart like Tesla with a “real” established legacy automaker like Ford Motor Company. In dynamic testing, of course the Ford is going to perform better — I mean worse.

        (Kevin Bacon’s European Cousin is aging incredibly well.)

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Wow, no comments? I can tell this is a hot topic with lots of interest.

    I do like the quotation marks around ‘Mustang’. It’s a decent crossover, but it’s not a Mustang.

    • 0 avatar

      I’d love to hear your take on the Platonic forms and their application to
      automotive identities.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      The 911 is a decent sports car, but it’s not a Porsche:
      https://www.stratstone.com/blog/rare-porsche-tractor-q-and-a-with-owner/

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        That’s actually hilarious and its not being sold as a mass market product so its no different than custom one offs such as V8 RWD Volvos. Not Mustang is in a much different category and you know it.

        • 0 avatar
          mcs

          If you really want to pick this apart, the SN-95 was the last Mustang and what they are selling now is a Gran Torino. To be honest, the first time I drove an S-197, that’s what my first impression was mostly based on its width. I’ve driven every version of Mustang plus the Gran Torino, The current model isn’t that far off since it’s the same width and 17 inches shorter than the 68 Torino. Fox body was about the same width as the original.

          The reality is that Ford, like other manufacturers, has decided to make Mustang a performance sub-brand. Lots of rumors that Chevrolet will do the same with Corvette at the urging of Bob Lutz. Get used to it.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “Get used to it.’

            That’s asking a lot. LOL

            The Mustang was initially marketed as a “secretary’s car”. Now Ford has decided to market an EV… um… so…?

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            “The reality is that Ford, like other manufacturers, has decided to make Mustang a performance sub-brand.”

            Doesn’t mean I have to enjoy that decision.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I call a spade a spade, 15K units in USDM through August is not a success. An Edge EV would have likely moved more units even at the same price point, an actual Mustang would have moved as many or more units. This was an incredibly stupid idea but instead of terminating the morons behind it they will likely be praised for failure and promoted – because that’s post 2000 Amerika. F-150 profits paper over failures for now, but I worked at a company where one incredibly profitable product line subsidized a lot of mistakes on other lines. The party was on until the profitable line started slumping in revenue, now that company is nearly half the size in revenue than it was when I started in 2011 – not launching a successful new product from 2011-2016 catches up with you.

            “Lots of rumors that Chevrolet will do the same with Corvette at the urging of Bob Lutz.”

            If Chevrolet does such a thing on the existing C8 platform it may turn out to be very profitable albeit it at likely low volume. Ford is NOT profiting on Mach E, THAT is the difference.

            @Lou

            The difference is the Mustang as a 60s/70s/80s secy’s car worked, Not Mustang isn’t working – the answer to a question no one asked.

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            @Lou: It isn’t the EV part that bothers most people. It isn’t even necessarily the CUV body that bothers most people.

            It’s that they built a vehicle with no relation beyond badging & tail light design and tossed the Mustang name on it for an easy branding exercise.

            It was possible to do this in a much less cynical way than Ford did.

          • 0 avatar
            Astigmatism

            “15K units in USDM through August is not a success.”

            15K units is what they’ve been able to produce. An Edge BEV wouldn’t have been any more successful unless they somehow designed it without the need to use microchips. The last I heard, Ford was telling customers this summer that their orders would be delayed by a further six weeks due to the semiconductor shortage (https://insideevs.com/news/525898/ford-mache-production-chip-shortages/). Currently Mach-Es in my area are asking between $1k-$10k over MSRP.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @ajla

            Dearborn will likely start playing it down in their propaganda, once F-150 launches unless it turns around it will be forgotten. Just like ELR: “Uh that didn’t happen, don’t know what you’re talking about”. If they are smart, they will start giving the people behind it their walking papers but I expect the reverse to happen and those people will eventually become a threat to the overall company. Mark this post.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @Astigmatism

            False. Ford is exporting the bulk of them at about 2:1 to US sales:

            “Production of the Ford Mustang Mach-E for the global markets decreased last month to 5,353, but overall, it remains relatively strong and stable.

            So far this year, already over 45,800 units were produced (over 52,500 cumulatively).

            The difference between the number of cars produced and sales in the U.S. indicates that most of the cars were sent to Europe.”

            https://insideevs.com/news/530606/us-ford-mache-sales-august2021/

            “There have been 15,832 sold in the U.S., while international sales figures have not yet been released.”

            https://cleantechnica.com/2021/08/25/are-ford-mustang-mach-e-production-deliveries-tracking-at-tesla-model-3-y-levels

            If dealers and US customers wanted this, they would not be exporting so many of them. They ***don’t***, its all bullshit.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @Astigmatism

            False. Ford is exporting the bulk of them at about 2:1 to US sales:

            “Production of the Ford Mustang Mach-E for the global markets decreased last month to 5,353, but overall, it remains relatively strong and stable.

            So far this year, already over 45,800 units were produced (over 52,500 cumulatively).

            The difference between the number of cars produced and sales in the U.S. indicates that most of the cars were sent to Europe.”

            https://insideevs.com/news/530606/us-ford-mache-sales-august2021/

            “There have been 15,832 sold in the U.S., while international sales figures have not yet been released.”

            https://cleantechnica.com/2021/08/25/are-ford-mustang-mach-e-production-deliveries-tracking-at-tesla-model-3-y-levels

            If dealers and US customers wanted this, they would not be exporting so many of them. They ***don’t***, its all bullsh!t.

            “An Edge BEV wouldn’t have been any more successful unless they somehow designed it without the need to use microchips.”

            We can’t prove it but I argue this is also false. Edge is designed to move passengers, this like the BMW X6 is not. The fastback roofline and cargo area make the interior smaller. This is another example of something that is intended to be a coupe but the sedan/wagon component is grafted on even though its usefulness is limited to pointless. Kind of like all of the coupe size “tweener” sedans which can’t comfortably carry four passengers.

          • 0 avatar
            Astigmatism

            Yes, they sell vehicles overseas, too. They’re a global car company. What of it?

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Uh, exporting a supposedly “hot” model 2:1 to your maybe 300 European dealers while supposedly ignoring the [likely phantom] orders of your 3,000 US dealers isn’t a good way to do business, not to mention US dealers who actually want one have a supply of *2,600* to choose from as of the end of August. If sales were 30K units in USDM and it were at < 20 days supply that might indicate a minor hit but oops its only 15K units through August so Ford is exporting them to Europe in order to move the excess metal no one in the US is buying. They and EV media also deliberately obfuscate the facts of the matter in order to save face and keep up the lie of what a "hot item" Not Mustang is… nothing could be further from the truth at present.

            Pontification: I like how I am more of a journalist on this subject from my desk at work than supposed “journalists” have been to this point. Maybe its because I don’t drink the Kool Aide?

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            Where are these vehicles that the dealers supposedly have to choose from? None of the dealers around me have any inventory; they’re selling them as soon as they come off the truck, for more than MSRP. If they could get more, they could sell them easily.

            Not sure why so many are going to Europe but I don’t exactly see them stacking up on the lots here.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Where indeed. The source is reporting there are 2,600 in USDM as of the end of August. Could Ford be channel stuffing them into the wrong markets deliberately to give the impression to markets that want it “its so hot you can’t have it”? Could those 2,600 be sitting in a field in Mexico slowly being sent out in order to keep demand artificially high for the small amount of buyers who want it? Ford IS exporting them 2:1 to Europe, why if they are so in demand in some US markets?

            Cui bono?

          • 0 avatar
            Superdessucke

            @Lou BC – True. Mustang was a secretary car. Even Mary Tyler Moore drove a Mustang Grande, after all. They did a good job adapting it to the times. Obviously no one’s happy with this CUV version but the regular Mustang will probably get battery power, at least as an option, very soon.

        • 0 avatar
          Scoutdude

          It is actually pretty simple why so many are going to Europe and that is to make sure they meet their CO2 targets and aren’t forced to pool again. So yes it is a compliance vehicle of sorts, in Europe. When they had to do a stop sale order on the Kuga PHEV part way through 2020 the found themselves looking for a pool partner late in the year. So now they are making sure to get ahead of the game and not rely on paying another mfg to join the pool party.

          As DAL mentioned in our area they are very hard to find.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            The source claimed there are 2,600 nationwide to choose from. I’d be curious for someone to take that source to some of your dealers and see how they react. If they really can’t get their hands on one, what is stopping them exactly?

          • 0 avatar
            msquare

            The Mustang was, as its first commercial said, “designed to be designed by you.” It could be a secretary special or a full-blown race car (legend has it people rented Shelby GT350H’s from Hertz and ran them on the track). It had the comprehensive options list that became a Detroit hallmark through the eighties. What was a Roadrunner other than a Belvedere with a big motor?

        • 0 avatar
          bd2

          Every automaker is sending the bulk of not only their BEVs, but PHEVs, to Europe and China in order to meet the CO2 compliance requirements.

          Otherwise, they will get hit by huge penalties that will not only wipe away all their profits for the year, but have to fork over hundreds of millions in penalties.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Its not a Mustang or a success, the majority of examples this year have been exported. Only 15K sales in USDM through August.

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      Make no mistake this is no Mustang. Just like the bronco sport is no Bronco (of course neither is the new one).

      Mach-E(scape) is far more accurate for this mediocre compliance vehicle.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        “Just like the bronco sport is no Bronco”

        Well yes, its a fake Bronco knockoff styled to be toughzzz but it still sort of fits the category. Not Mustang is more akin to selling a Bronco minivan, its just not going to work.

        “Mach-E(scape) is far more accurate for this mediocre compliance vehicle.”

        I don’t think its meant as a compliance vehicle. I think the imbeciles actually thought it could somehow work, sort of. My guess is since Edge Titanium only MSRPs for 38K in 2020 their unit cost was probably $60K or higher and to take less of a loss they decided to invent this POS because they felt they could charge more and take less of a per unit loss. How’s that working out so far Dearborn? *Would have been far more successful as the Edge EV* Hell it even *sounds* better! Or of course, as a Mustang EV but well no we can’t have some sort of Taycan rival can we?

  • avatar

    The pettiness of the quotes around “Mustang” genuinely made my morning. Well done! :)

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    What’s the speed limiter set to on these? If it’s 100mph like the F-150, it’s not a pursuit vehicle.

  • avatar
    Oberkanone

    Referring to Mach-E as Mustang is not a trivial offense.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Meanwhile in Kentucky:

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ford-jolts-auto-industry-with-11-billion-investment-in-electric-vehicles/ar-AAOT9DQ?ocid=uxbndlbingoff

    https://youtu.be/IrHb_30Ro5Y

  • avatar
    MrIcky

    Assuming Ford gets their s#!+ together on these, this would be a good vehicle for pretty much every police department I can think of. I’d want to make sure they add some protection to the batteries for when they inevitably hop curbs. It may not work as well for sheriff and state police departments.

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    Please explain how this concept is going to work for police in areas that aren’t 72 degrees year round. Places that get quite hot or like, say, Michigan, that get rather cold. How much mileage will be left for pursuit after the car sits for extended periods with heat or A/C running?

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      It doesn’t work, going fleet is desperate.

      2600 unsold units are floating around currently in the USDM:

      “The gross stock of Mach-E is at about 2,600 in the U.S. (at dealerships and in transport, we assume). That’s less than in July (3,000).”

      While the latest monthly sales were just under 1,500 units:

      “Unfortunately, sales of the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E amounted to 1,448 units (1.2% of Ford’s total result), which is the lowest level since its market launch.”

      https://insideevs.com/news/530606/us-ford-mache-sales-august2021/

      If this was “so hot” there wouldn’t be 45 days supply in USDM.

    • 0 avatar
      MrIcky

      This vehicle would have no problem spending a day on patrol in an urban setting, even in detroit. Pursuits in urban settings typically last less than a mile. As I said, it may not work for sheriff or state duties as well because of coverage area, but yes absolutely police departments (i.e. in cities) this would work fine. Most urban police patrols only put around 100 miles per shift so a top off at a high speed charger at the station would keep it going with minimum downtime. Even with a 20% loss of efficiency due to cold it would be plenty.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        I can’t speak for other cities, but the outgoing (and effectively fired) Mayor of Pittsburgh declared pursuits to be de facto forbidden outside of murder suspects I think in 2014. LEOs had to radio in for permission for grey areas, to my knowledge one was never approved and I know my sibling was never engaged in one after about 2014 (prior every six to eight weeks one occurred in Zone 1, usually minor results). So if your city doesn’t engage in pursuits or patrol more than 100 miles per shift they may dip their toes on this golf cart.

        Most munis are too strapped for cash to buy any quantity of vanity cars for regular duty. Look for rich WASPy munis to buy these things and then cruise around doing nothing. Think places like Aspen, as they used to buy Saabs and Volvos for PPVs IIRC. Maybe some other muni’s chiefs or public safety directors will treat themselves to one, that will be it.

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    This is amazing news. Ford successfully made a vehicle that can accelerate, stop, and turn. What an accomplishment.

    Now if only they could figure out how make windshields and roofs work.

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    Wonder if it was a ringer, like the Pontiacs that Jim Wangers used to supply to the automotive press…

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