Ford built an all-electric Mustang with a six-speed manual transmission, which is the real Frankenstein car monster that I (and I think many people think). Sadly, this is just a one-off product built this week at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas. Known as the “Wild Horse Lithium”, the car is covered with light gray paint and electric blue detail, which extracts energy from an 800-volt battery to produce more than 900 hp. Unfortunately, Ford does not share too many other specifications, such as battery life or battery size, because this is just a prototype. However, it does have a vertical 10.4″ touch screen on the dashboard, related to what Ford did with the 2020 Explorer.
Manual transmission is not for everyone, but there are still many people who like them. Electric cars are usually single-geared, which means no manual or automatic shifting is required at all. (The new Porsche Taycan’s two-speed setting is a notable exception.) But that doesn’t mean an individual can’t design a car that combines the instant torque of an electric car with the rolling scrolling fun. SEMA is a place to generate many futuristic prototypes and concepts, such as last year’s electric Chevrolet Camaro or the 2015 Toyota Truck Limousine. If people want to know the car manufacturer’s product roadmap, it is not necessarily a good place to read tea, but it always gives a wealth of imagination tips. Just two weeks before Ford released the first electric car, this is a Mustang-inspired SUV named Mach E, which is easily reminiscent of a few years from now on, when an all-electric Mustang and The manual transmission has become a weird, limited addition to the multi-billion dollar Detroit automaker’s push to electric cars, even though it is more likely to be something that dreams of.
Ford highlighted the uniqueness of the manual transmission. There is basically no logical motivation for a manual gearbox. For those who still like the three-push movement, electric cars with manual gearboxes make everything on earth meaningful. Ford’s use of 800 volts may trace which battery method might be used in an electric car it manufactures. This extra rugged system should be able to charge faster. At times, Porsche credits the 800-volt system in Taycan to allow it to reduce its cost from 5% to 80% in 22.5 minutes, with charging energy of up to 270 kW.