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The future is upon us, with a new wave of electric vehicles (EVs) taking to the roads in 2021. This future has also seen a new dimension added to the long-standing Ford vs Chevy battle, with the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E vs 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV. These two all-new electric SUVs offer the best that the two brands have to offer.
While EVs of the past had a few issues to overcome, such as limited charging opportunities, short driving range, and the cumbersome "battery bump" that often took up necessary cargo space, today's electric vehicles are empowered to take on the highways and byways of America. Innovative battery technology has improved the distance these vehicles can cover in a single charge, and engineers have been able to incorporate modern safety and convenience features in a sleek, stylish package.
The Ford Mach-E defies automobile logic, having the cargo room of an SUV, the power of a muscle car, and the efficiency of a fully electric vehicle. The Chevy Bolt EUV is the first electric SUV from the bowtie brand but also comes endowed with special features that put it in a class of its own. How do the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E and the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV compare in a segment that has no solid definition? While Chevy has cut costs and offered more features on its newest EV model, Ford has outdone itself and created an outstanding vehicle that can go toe to toe with Tesla.
The number one concern of EV drivers is range. Just as drivers of gasoline-powered vehicles want to be sure they can make it from point A to point B without running out of gas, EV drivers need to keep their cars charged. Thanks to major advances in battery technology, the new generation of EVs can drive further than ever before on a single charge.
The 2021 Mustang Mach-E takes its performance-based duties very seriously. Offered in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, the Mach-E includes a standard 75.7 kWh battery pack with an available 98.8 kWh extended range battery pack. The standard version will take drivers up to an EPA-estimated 230 miles on a single charge. The extended range option is even better, offering a range of up to 300 miles depending on the configuration.
Chevy's 2022 Bolt EUV only has a single 65 kWh battery pack option. However, because the Bolt EUV is a noticeably smaller vehicle and is only available in front-wheel drive, it can get a bit more range out of each kilowatt-hour of electricity. That means all Bolt EUVs will have the same manufacturer-estimated 250 miles of range per full charge. In other words, if you need range, the Mustang Mach-E is the way to go.
When it comes to raw speed, the Mach-E lives up to the Mustang name. While hybrid and EVs of the past weren't known for their peppy acceleration, Ford's new EV is up to the challenge. The standard battery pack provides 266 horsepower, while the extended range battery pack cranks that number up to 290 horsepower with rear-wheel drive or 346 horsepower with all-wheel drive. That is enough power for a 0 to 60 time of just 4.8 seconds.
The Mustang Mach-E GT trim adds even more power to the world of EVs. Like the muscle car that inspired it, the GT is built to move fast. Not only does it challenge the existing notions of EV performance with its 480 horsepower, but it boasts a 0 to 60 time of a mere 3.5 seconds. That's faster than a gasoline-powered Mustang GT with its 5.0-liter V8 engine.
In comparison, the 2022 Bolt EUV is front-wheel drive only and maxes out at 200 horsepower. While its 0 to 60 of over 6 seconds is respectable for an economy SUV, it is simply not in the same class as what the Mach-E brings to the table. Even if you don't plan to take your EV drag racing, you should be aware that the Bolt EUV maxes out at a top speed of around 90 mph, making it a poor choice for highway driving. In the Mach-E, you will never have to worry about being unable to pass or merge safely with its top speed of well over 100 mph.
Of course, drivers require more than high horsepower and long ranges. Comfort and convenience features are the hallmarks of a good vehicle, and both Ford and Chevy have added plenty of bells and whistles to their EVs.
The Ford Mach-E is offered in five trims: Select, California Route 1, Premium, GT, and the First Edition. All models come equipped with Ford's SYNC 4A, a tablet-style, voice-activated all-in-one navigation and infotainment system centered in a standard 15.5-inch display. The Select and California Route 1 models include a six-speaker sound system, which is upgraded to a Bang & Olufsen nine-speaker system with a separate subwoofer in the Premium and GT trims. Heated seats are also included with the higher trims, along with memory settings for the driver's seat, a fixed glass panoramic roof, and ambient interior lighting.
There are a few key features that are unique to the Mach-E. The lack of an engine frees up space in the "under the hood" area, which Ford has repurposed as a storage area. Providing 4.7 cubic feet of space, the "front trunk" is drainable and washable, making it a versatile and handy storage spot for all sorts of adventures. A variety of drive modes are also offered, including Whisper, Engage, and Unbridled.
Chevy's Bolt EUV comes in three trims for its introductory year: LT, Premier, and Launch Edition. The new SUV will continue to use the infotainment system from the older Bolt EV hatchback, which is built around a much smaller 10-inch screen. While Chevy did add wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the mix for 2022, the older infotainment software still does not have access to over-the-air updates like Ford's SYNC 4A does.
Overall, the Bolt EUV offers far fewer options than the Mustang Mach-E, missing important features such as a hands-free power liftgate in addition to being behind the curve when it comes to infotainment screen size and technology in general. While the Bolt EUV is less expensive, it is clear that Ford designed a much more capable and higher-value EV.
Safety on the road is a primary concern of all drivers, and both the Ford Mach-E and Chevy Bolt are well equipped with standard driver assistance and safety features.
All 2021 Ford Mach-E trims come standard with the updated Ford Co-Pilot 360 Assist 2.0 package. This provides each vehicle with a full suite of safety features, including Auto High-Beam Headlamps, Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Information System, and Reverse Brake Assist. Every trim also comes standard with Ford's highly advanced Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering, and Speed Sign Recognition. This complex system takes nearly all the work out of highway driving, allowing you to relax.
Every trim also offers Ford's new Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep Package, which gives the car all of the hardware necessary to enable a hands-free driving experience. By activating Ford's Active Drive Assist, you will be able to take your hands off the wheel and let your Mach-E drive itself along pre-mapped divided highways.
The Chevy Bolt EUV includes Chevy's Safety Assist package standard. This adds all the driver-assist features you would expect from a modern vehicle, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Change Alert, and Auto High Beam Assist. However, it is missing many of the advanced features that the Mach-E provides free of charge. In fact, you will have to upgrade to the Premier trim simply to get Adaptive Cruise Control.
The Bolt EUV does offer its own hands-free driving technology, which is known as Super Cruise and provides nearly identical functionality to Ford's Active Drive Assist. However, Chevy chose to only offer this advanced technology on the higher trims of the 2022 Botl EUV, forcing you to buy a more expensive vehicle if you wish to enjoy this modern system.