If all-electric cars could match the performance of the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and the Polestar 2 Long Range with the Performance Package, we would be able to transition away from fossil fuels effectively today. These electric vehicles offer a combination of high-performance capabilities and practicality for everyday use.
It is worth noting that these exceptional performance features were previously only seen in high-end super sedans like the BMW M5 and Audi RS 6, which required the installation of powerful V10 engines. By transitioning to electric propulsion, we not only eliminate CO2 emissions but also gain the advantage of nearly 500 horsepower at the press of the accelerator pedal. This power allows these electric cars, priced at around 67,000 to 83,000 euros, to surpass the performance of the BMW M5 and Audi RS 6 from six years ago, which cost significantly more.
However, it is important to highlight that such high power outputs are typically found in the more expensive top models of the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Polestar 2. These models incorporate large and heavy battery packs, which contribute to an overall weight exceeding 2000 kg. This suggests that these electric cars excel primarily in terms of straight-line speed, rather than providing a well-rounded driving experience.
To thoroughly evaluate the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and Polestar 2 Long Range with the Performance Package, we conducted tests on our track. Both vehicles demonstrated impressive acceleration considering their substantial weight, reaching 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds. The Polestar outperformed the Ford in terms of reaching 150 km/h, achieving it in 8.8 seconds, while the Ford took 11.1 seconds.
While the initial acceleration is remarkable, other factors come into play for these high-powered electric cars, such as power management and battery pack temperature regulation. This is evident in the fact that both cars have maximum speed limits exceeding 200 km/h.
In terms of efficiency, the Polestar 2 proved to be more economical compared to the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT. The Polestar’s accelerator pedal response was swift, delivering excellent performance as promised, whereas the Ford demonstrated more difficulty in sustaining power after the initial electric boost.
Additionally, during our practice tests, the Polestar 2 exhibited better efficiency, averaging 24.1 kWh/100 km, resulting in a range of 311 kilometers from its 75 kWh battery. In contrast, the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT consumed 91 kWh for a full battery charge.
In summary, if electric cars could replicate the performance of models like the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and Polestar 2 Long Range with the Performance Package, we could accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels.
However, it’s important to consider that achieving such high power outputs often requires larger, heavier battery packs, leading to the reduced range and potentially compromising overall driving dynamics. Nonetheless, these electric cars showcase impressive acceleration and efficiency, and with further advancements in technology, we can expect even more capable and well-rounded electric vehicles in the future.