A head-to-head comparison reveals the finer differences between the two cars. Built on Ford’s bespoke Global Electrified 1 platform, the Mustang Mach-E Standard Range RWD will travel an impressive WLTP-certified 440km on a single charge, thanks to a power output of 198kW delivered off a regular 68kWh battery. That’s a peak torque of 430Nm. By contrast, Elon Musk’s Model Y Dual Motor Long Range does better on the third-generation platform it shares with the Model 3, covering 550km according to WLTP standards. In performance terms, that’s 340kW of power with a torque of 490 Nm – from a more powerful 82kWh battery. Naturally, the Model Y’s two independent motors perform better on the road, accelerating from 0-100km in 5.1 seconds as compared to the Mustang’s slower 6.9 seconds. At top speed, the Tesla maxes out at 217kmph, leaving the Mustang, at a top speed of 180kmph, far behind in the dust.
On the road, you’re looking at a fast-charge rate of 115kW for the Mach-E SR RWD but double that (250kW) for the Tesla Model Y. Ford has four more powerful Mustang EVs coming off assembly lines soon: a standard-range AWD number, extended range AWD and RWD models, and the top-end GT. The last will do 0-100 in 4.4 seconds and top out at 200kmph – but it will face the Tesla Model Y Performance, which promises to stay in the fast lane at 240kmph on an acceleration of 3.7 seconds.