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The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has been awarded Car and Driver’s first ever Electric Vehicle of the Year Award, beating out its EV competitors and adding another coveted honor to the trophy case!
 
Car and Driver put 11 top-rated electric vehicles through rigorous testing over a three week period, including a 1,000 mile road trip to evaluate each vehicle in real world conditions. After all of this testing, the Mustang Mach-E took the top spot. 
 
“We felt that if a carmaker was looking to convert people from EV skeptics to EV evangelists, there’s not a better vehicle out there than the Mustang Mach-E,” said Sharon Carty, Car and Driver editor-in-chief. “It’s a familiar shape and size of crossover. It’s in the sweet spot of what Americans love. It’s beautiful. It’s a design that gets noticed. It has a range and charging speed that is very competitive.”
 
The newly created electric vehicle award uses the same criteria as Car and Driver’s 10Best Awards: The vehicle must deliver exceptional driving engagement, offer indisputable value and/or practicality, fulfill its mission better than any of its competitors, and be fun to drive. 
 
“Mustang Mach-E is the start of what we can do to compete in the EV revolution,” said Darren Palmer, Ford general manager, battery electric vehicles. “Its continued success in the form of happy customers, sales and awards are all signs of the momentum we are building. Accolades like the Car and Driver Electric Vehicle of the Year are particularly rewarding for the team who designed this performance battery electric vehicle to be truly fun to drive. It can only get better as we continue to learn from and grow with our customers.”
 
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Other contenders included;
  • Audi e-tron
  • Kia Niro
  • Nissan Leaf Plus
  • Polestar 2
  • Porsche Taycan 4S PBP
  • Tesla Model 3 Performance
  • Tesla Model S Long Range Plus
  • Tesla Model Y Performance
  • Volkswagen ID.4
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge 
Car and Driver employed instrumented testing, subjective evaluation and side-by-side comparison in both practicality and entertainment value.
 
The 2021 Mustang Mach-E has claimed a number of other awards including Car and Driver’s Editor’s Choice Award earlier this year, plus the Cars.com Eco-Friendly Car of the Year Award, AutoGuide’s Utility of the Year, Green Vehicle of the Year and Autoweek’s Car Buyer’s Award.
 
“We could have made a boring electric vehicle, a compliance vehicle that looks like a dust buster,” said Palmer. “But we decided people need an EV with soul. So we built them an all-electric Mustang SUV that is disrupting the status quo in electric vehicles. And the Mustang Mach-E GT and GT Performance Edition are still to come.”
Categories: Mustang Mach-E, Award