Ford has made a big bet on the Mustang Mach-E, and there won’t be one thing slowing sales down: safety. The all-electric crossover won the coveted Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), although it narrowly missed out on the Pick Plus title. The Mach-E is one of many electric vehicles touted by the IIHS that prove they are just as safe as conventional gasoline vehicles.
The Mustang won the award by passing all six Institute crash tests: driver and passenger side small front overlap, moderate front overlap, side, roof strength, and head restraint. It got a good rating for its LED projector headlights available on the Premium, GT and First Edition versions. However, the LED reflectors on the lower trim Select and California Route 1 models prevented it from getting the Pick Plus price.
The standard front crash prevention system also helped the Mustang clinch this award, which earned top marks in the Institute’s vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests. The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge was one of the company’s other electric vehicles recently tested, which won the Top Safety Pick Plus award, joining the Audi E-Tron, Audi E-Tron Sportback and Tesla Model 3 in as laureates.
“This award validates the efforts of the Mustang Mach-E team to create an electric vehicle that not only turns heads, but helps keep our customers and their passengers safe,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Director of Ford’s product platform and operations. Standard Mach-E safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring with automatic rear braking, and more.
Ford has seen strong sales with the Mach-E now as production is increasing for the model. As of March, the company had sold just over 6,600 Mach-E models, with the cars selling out seven days after reaching dealer lots. However, March saw lower sales than February, accounting for 1.3% of all Ford sales versus 2.4%, respectively. Sales figures are expected to rise as there are rumors that Ford will open order books for the Mach-E GT, the most powerful model available, on April 26.