Ford is unveiling its first all-electric SUV, marking the start of an avalanche of battery-powered vehicles coming from mainstream and luxury automakers during the next two years that industry analysts say will boost electric vehicle sales. The Mustang Mach E, which will go 230 miles to more than 300 miles per charge depending on how it’s equipped, was unveiled Sunday night ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show press days. In the US, electric vehicles were only 1.2% of sales in 2018, and it’s expected to be about the same this year. But automakers see opportunity for growth, and with electric vehicles getting 250 miles or more on a single charge, worries about running out of juice on a daily commute are gone.
The five-passenger Mach E sort of resembles a Mustang, and Ford says it comes close to matching the car’s performance, the AP reports. The base version is expected to go from zero to 60mph in a little over six seconds, Ford says, while the performance GT version will do it in about 3.5 seconds. There are 18 kinds of electric vehicle now for sale in the US, and analysts expect 80 by 2022. "There are going to be plenty of BEV (battery electric) SUVs on the market. Some will have big batteries and double motors and be pretty fast. Some will look really good," says Jason Castriota, Ford's brand director for electric vehicles. "No one can combine all those elements and create something that will cut right through the clutter."
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