Ford has Trademarked the name “Mustang Mach-E” for what is most likely its upcoming all-electric Mustang.
The name “Mach E” and “Mach-E” have been bandied about quite a bit over the past few months. Ford initially trademarked the name back in December in both Europe and the United States for what was almost certain to be the upcoming Mustang-inspired electric crossover that’s due out next year.
But then people got upset with the idea of a non-Mustang (although still Mustang-inspired) crossover getting the name of one of the most famous Mustangs of all time.
So Ford kiboshed that idea and now seems to be returning the Mach E name to the Mustang from which it was born.
According to a recently uncovered trademark from AllFordMustangs.com, Ford has submitted an application to trademark the name “Mustang Mach-E” at the European Intellectual Property Office. We also got a very neat looking electric Mustang logo too. This suggests that we won’t see the Mach E moniker on anything other than a Mustang, although what kind of Mustang is an open question.
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Automobile Magazine says that the current-gen Mustang (which began in 2015) will carry on to 2026, with a minor refresh in 2022. That’s the same year as the hybrid Mustang is set to arrive, but Carbuzz reports that the hybrid has likely be quashed in favor of an entirely electric Mustang.
It’s hard to take that report seriously, however, as if there’s anything that Mustang fans hate more than the name Mach E being used on a non-Mustang, it’s a Mustang without a gas powertrain.
One thing they all agree on is that the new Mustang will use the same CD6 platform as the recently unveiled Ford Explorer. So that’s good, in any case.
Ford has still promised to electrify its lineup with 16 pure-electric vehicles and 40 electrified powertrains by the year 2020. That promise seems to be have been a bit of a pipe dream as the Blue Oval doesn’t appear to be anywhere near achieving that goal.