Electric Ford Mustang Lithium Hits the SEMA Show in Las Vegas

Ford built an electric Mustang with a manual transmission. And we’re mad.		
	Kirsten Korosec

		8 hours

Ford built an electric Mustang with a manual transmission. And we’re mad. Kirsten Korosec 8 hours

Ford has presented a high-powered all-electric version of its Mustang, produced in collaboration with German parts manufacturer Webasto, at the Sema Show, which is set to run in Las Vegas until November 8, 2019. Ford stunned visitors to the SEMA show with its all-electric variant of the Mustang.

Later this month Ford will unveil a "Mustang inspired" electric SUV that customers will be able to buy.

While we wait for the all new Mustang-based all-electric SUV, Ford has been quietly working behind the scenes with Webasto to surprise us with an all-electric Mustang sports vehicle.

Ford hasn't given any details on the battery pack's capacity or driving range; and the company also hasn't doled the all-important performance figures (i.e. 0-60, 1/4-mile, top speed).

According to the American carmaker's press release, the Mustang Lithium can draw over 1000lb ft of torque from an 800-volt battery system and dual-core motor.

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The most notable feature though was the manual transmission.

In addition to the 800 volt architecture and incredible amounts of power, Ford have worked in a manual Getrag MT82 6-speed transmission that has been proven on drag strips to handle the 1,355Nm torque. You can even fine-tune the output on a 10.4-inch touchscreen, choosing between torque settings that range from a modest "valet" through to "beast". This is pretty much unheard of for a fully electric vehicle. Electric vehicle batteries and motors tend to heat up under hard use, such as racing. Webasto supplies an 800V battery system capable of discharging a full megawatt.

And there's event an official hint that a true electric Mustang (not a Mustang-styled electric SUV) could one day make its way onto the market.

Nearly all other electric cars have a single gear which is rotated in different directions to go forwards or backwards; the Porsche Taycan has an automatic two-speed gearbox, with the lower gear used for hard acceleration from low speed.

Ford's electric ambitions are pretty evident, considering that earlier this year, the company announced plans to electrify its world's best-selling F-150 pickup truck. "This one-off Mustang prototype is a great opportunity for us, together with Webasto, to showcase to our customers what a new electrified powertrains can do for performance in a auto they already know and love".

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