Electric Vehicles

It's official! Ford Mustang Mach-E First Edition reservations are full

Ford has announced that its First Edition Mustang Mach-E is sold out.

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Despite saying that they don't like the Mustang name on an electric vehicle, buyers have eagerly been putting down a reservation for the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. The Dearborn, Michigan automaker announced today that all of the First Edition models of the new all-electric crossover have been spoken for.

The Mustang Mach-E starts at $43,895 (excluding a $1,100 destination charge and any state or federal tax incentives). The limited-edition First Edition model starts at $59,900 and features similar specs as the Premium Extended Range AWD: 270 miles of range and 332 horsepower.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Nearly 30 percent of all Mustang Mach-E reservations are for the Mach-E GT.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Among the reservations Ford has taken so far, Carbonized Gray is the most popular paint job with 38 percent of reservations choosing it. Grabber Blue Metallic and Rapid Red were second and third with 35 and 27 percent of the choices, respectively.

More than 80 percent of U.S.-based customers who reserved the SUV opted for an Extended Range Battery. That battery is expected to have about 300 miles of range.

Fifty-five percent of the vehicles have been equipped with all-wheel drive. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is an uncharge, similar to how pricing works on a traditional vehicle.

Nearly 30 percent of all Mustang Mach-E reservations are for the Mach-E GT. The top-tier GT trim level starts at $60,500. For that price, buyers get all-wheel drive, 235 miles of range, 459 horsepower, and 612 pound-feet of torque. There's also 20-inch forged wheels, Brembo brakes, an adaptive Magnaride suspension, and exterior trim upgrades.

More than a quarter of all reservations have come from California.

AutomotiveMap recently rode in a prototype of the model to see if it is worthy of the Mustang name.

You can get a glimpse into how the Mustang Mach-E was created here.

Interested in reserving a Mustang Mach-E for yourself? Here's how.

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OTA software updates

Tesla rolls back FSD beta before issuing fix

Tesla issued a beta update but quickly pulled it back.

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Tesla's Full Self-Driving tech is currently in public beta testing, which means that the automaker allows a subset of its owners to download the software to their cars. Over the weekend, Tesla released FSD beta 10.3 and users started reporting issues almost immediately. Since Tesla's PR department is essentially CEO Elon Musk's Twitter account, he took to social media to outline the process to fix problems with the beta.

Tesla FSD Drivers reported issues with vehicle safety systems after updating.Tesla

Musk tweeted that public beta version 10.3 was rolled back to 10.2. "Please note, this is to be expected with beta software," he said. Issues began popping up with Tesla owners on various forums and on social media. Drivers reported that cars shut off active safety features without their input and some noted that their forward collision warnings and automatic emergency braking systems malfunctioned, causing the cars to apply the brakes without any apparent danger in the road ahead.

Tesla FSD A new beta was released this morning with fixes for the problems.Tesla

Early this morning, Musk tweeted again to note that beta version 10.3.1 is rolling out now, which would re-update users to the latest version with fixes. All of this illustrates how FSD is not final and has a way to go before it's ready for showtime. Developing software of any type is difficult work, made even harder by the fact that public roads are so unpredictable at times. So, while Tesla's public beta approach, which puts unproven functions into the hands of everyday drivers, may not be the most palatable for many of us on the roads at the same time, it's certainly netting the company plenty of data to work with.

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Custom SUVs

Ford Bronco to rule SEMA this year

The Bronco RTR features a fun livery and several off-road upgrades.

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The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show is an opportunity for the aftermarket and manufacturers to come together on wildly customized vehicles and to show off the latest parts and tech in the space. Now that the Ford Bronco has finally made its way to the public, it's not surprising to see several wild SEMA takes on the hottest SUV to hit the market in some time.

2021 Bronco by Tucci Hot Rods The tracks are said to improve the Bronco's abilities in deep snow and ice.Ford

2021 Bronco by Tucci Hot Rods

The new Bronco is capable and rugged on its own, but Tucci Hot Rods felt it needed more. The shop gave it that boost with a set of tracks in place of wheels, which are said to be great for deep snow and ice. This Bronco features a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed manual transmission to go with its Mattracks 88-Series quad tracks.

2021 Bronco RTR Fun-Runner by RTR Vehicles

Vaghn Gittin Jr's RTR Vehicles imagined a Bronco package that could be installed at the dealer. The result is the Fun-Runner, which features several Ford Performance and Ford Licensed Accessories parts. It's based on a 2021 two-door Bronco Badlands, and comes with an eye-catching wrap, an Ultimate Dana 44 front axle, Ultimate Dana 60 semi-float rear axle, RCV Performance CV axles, and a performance intake for its four-cylinder engine.

2021 Bronco by BDS Supensions SEMA presents an excellent opportunity for shops to show off their skill and imagination.Ford

2021 Bronco by BDS Supensions

BDS is a subsidiary of Fox Shocks and has worked with Ford for quite some time. The results of that long-running relationship are on display with the BDS Bronco, which features Fox 2.5 PES coilovers, BDS rear adjustable control arms and track bar, swaybar disconnect, and 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 tires. The Bronco's bumpers have been replaced with CrawlTek Revolution units that feature a recessed winch mount, recovery hooks and more.

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