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I'm starting a central thread for this series of Tour stops. Two weeks of Mach E Tour in the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia) area:
11/11 Koons Ford of Baltimore, MD
11/12 Apple Ford Columbia, MD
11/13 Ted Britt Fairfax Ford, Fairfax, VA
11/14 Ted Britt Chantilly Ford, Chantilly, VA

11/16 Battlefield Ford, Manassas, VA
11/17 Koons Ford of Annapolis, MD
11/18 Lindsay Ford, Wheaton, MD
11/19 Sheehy Ford of Gaithersburg, MD
11/20 Koons Sterling Ford, Sterling, VA
11/21 Koons Ford, Falls Church, VA
 

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It was great to go for a ride in the Mach E. This is at the 11/11 Koons Ford Baltimore Tour stop.
Rainy days and suburban streets aren't the best place to make it shine. However, the Ford Regional Rep Zach provided good examples of the acceleration three times: standing stop, from about 10 mph or so, and up a hill. He demonstrated the one-pedal driving and a few other features. I'm hoping to get a ride-along at a future Tour stop when it won't be raining and can listen to the Unbridled sounds.

 

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The next day I was able to take a second ride-along at the 11/12 Apple Ford Columbia event. This test ride is much longer (17 minutes), goes on faster roads, more curving roads and shows the turning radius in a U-turn. Again, adaptive cruise control is demonstrated but not one-pedal driving that I showed in the first test ride.

 

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At the Columbia stop I also captured the outside (pedestrian) sounds of the Mach E.

In the first of two videos of the pedestrian sound on the outside of the Mach E you will hear that it actually mirrors the inside sounds to some extent and is louder when accelerating than when slowing (video 2)

In the second of two videos of the pedestrian sound on the outside of the Mach E you will hear that it when slowing it is quieter than it was during acceleration (video 1). It is also quieter than the sound of wet tires turning.
 

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At the Columbia stop I also captured the outside (pedestrian) sounds of the Mach E.

In the first of two videos of the pedestrian sound on the outside of the Mach E you will hear that it actually mirrors the inside sounds to some extent and is louder when accelerating than when slowing (video 2)

In the second of two videos of the pedestrian sound on the outside of the Mach E you will hear that it when slowing it is quieter than it was during acceleration (video 1). It is also quieter than the sound of wet tires turning.
I like that the exterior sound is just loud enough to let someone know you are there. Reduces the noise-pollution factor.

Someone said you can use the volume knob to adjust the interior propulsion sound when in settings. I don’t know if this is true or not.

Excellent videos, thank you for taking the time.
 

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It was great to go for a ride in the Mach E. This is at the 11/11 Koons Ford Baltimore Tour stop.
Rainy days and suburban streets aren't the best place to make it shine. However, the Ford Regional Rep Zach provided good examples of the acceleration three times: standing stop, from about 10 mph or so, and up a hill. He demonstrated the one-pedal driving and a few other features. I'm hoping to get a ride-along at a future Tour stop when it won't be raining and can listen to the Unbridled sounds.

Happy to see that you had the chance to go for two rides and obviously enjoyed it. I guess that makes the eagerness to get the MME to your own driveway even bigger :)
Nice to read that there are some similarities between the impressions you had and the one that I had in Hamburg a month ago.
Thanks for the loads of details you shared with us 😊
I hope Ford will start to finalize the orders in Germany soon.
We've got the "it's time to confirm your order soon" - mail on October 8th. Can't wait 😱
 

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Fantastic videos @ChasingCoral! Were you able to try out the voice commands to see how responsive they are?
The system is responsive but takes a while to think like most voice command systems. I was a little disappointed the voice commands seem limited to the infotainment & nav systems, not the power systems or other vehicle controls. I tried things like "Hey Ford, open the back hatch" and "Hey Ford, switch to Unbridled mode" but they don't work -- yet.
 

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@ChasingCoral as mentioned in the other thread on your test drive, it seems like you were riding shotgun with a very knowledgeable salesperson. Were you able to pick their brain for any new or not so obvious to the community?
I appreciate the videos, it's the next best thing actual reviews of the Mach-E (coming mid-December). Looking forward to updates!
The biggest thing not on the video was the range information. When Zack started out that morning the car initially said 302 miles of range available (it's aPremium E4X). With driving on interstates all the way to Baltimore, the realistic range was about 270 miles (efficiency on screen 3.1 mi/kWh).
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The system is responsive but takes a while to think like most voice command systems. I was a little disappointed the voice commands seem limited to the infotainment & nav systems, not the power systems or other vehicle controls. I tried things like "Hey Ford, open the back hatch" and "Hey Ford, switch to Unbridled mode" but they don't work -- yet.
Ah that's too bad. Maybe it'll be something added with an OTA update.
 

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The system is responsive but takes a while to think like most voice command systems. I was a little disappointed the voice commands seem limited to the infotainment & nav systems, not the power systems or other vehicle controls. I tried things like "Hey Ford, open the back hatch" and "Hey Ford, switch to Unbridled mode" but they don't work -- yet.
I guess (and hope) Ford will keep improving the voice controls via OTA Updates. I tried it too, when I was in Hamburg and it worked quite well. Couldn't notice any difference to the excellent MBUX Mercedes has.
But I just tried the most common things like "Ford set the temperature to XY" and "Ford, turn on the heated seats". Im sure things like looking for nearby restaurants or commands like "Ford I'm Hungry" will work just as fine. But like you said, it would be nice to do something like opening the hatch via voice control. Let's see what Ford surprises us with 😊
 

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Featured cars for this Tour: Infinite Blue and Shadow Black display cars.
Special guest at the Baltimore stop: Infinite Blue 081M886 with Zack Doerr giving rides. Alex brought it back the next day to the Columbia stop. See videos above.

Of course, like most opportunities to see Infinite Blue, it was a rainy day. I'll start out with some general photos (electric pony porn) of this Tour's two featured cars.

Appearing in the left corner, 081M186, a striking Shadow Black four month old:
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There were lots of folks there to see the cars. We had lots of time to get snippets of investigation in around the other guests. The Tour guides were knowledgeable but lots of our tough Forum questions made me feel like an episode of "Stump the Chumps". Maybe they'll get answers to a few of these before the DC stops are over. I'll be seeing them again next week, if not tomorrow. I'll see if they got answers.

So, here are some of those questions in no particular order except I know the first will be in demand.

Range
Yes, ever most on everyones' minds these days. I chatted range with Zach during our test ride. You'll hear that in the video once I post it. He picked up his Infinite Blue E4X, 081M886 (for lots of photos see https://www.macheclub.com/site/thr...videos-from-koons-ford-silver-spring-md.1862/), this morning from their office in Northern Virginia, swung by Leesburg, then across I-70 with the cruise locked on 75 mph. He started out this morning showing a range of 302 miles on a full charge. With 75 mph travel in steady rain, he said his realistic range was about 270 miles/charge. Matt got a similar answer from Zach during his test ride.

He has found his efficiency to range between the low and mid-3 mi/kWhs. Usually around 3.5 on highway and trying to get places. Events like this drop it down and he was currently showing around 3.1 mi/kWh. Above I posted a shot from Zach's screen. Don't be too down seeing the 3.1 -- You'll see why in the video of my test ride. There were multiple rapid acceleration demos in each trip around the test ride course. No hypermiling here.

Charging
No luck getting to see the full function of the charging screens. The Tour guides repeatedly mentioned this was pre-production, so lots of things aren't complete. They also indicated many features are available in the app. It dawned on me later that I should have tried programming in a time. That was probably where the other options come in. I'll try that on another stop.
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While the guides were confident the CCS connector is locked in place during charging, they were't sure if it would auto-unlock once the battery is full. They guessed locked was locked but I could tell they were guessing. They did say they'd try to find out from an engineer.

Switching Drive Modes on the Control Levers
I forgot who stated her that modes could be switched on the levers, but no. No magic drive mode selector buttons as @mattbostonmache said. However, I really liked the design of the wiper controller with the dial adjusting the sensitivity of the rain-sensing wipers accessible on both sides of the paddle.

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Side Mirrors
Matt discussed auto dimming with Zack. Yes the rearview mirror is auto dimming. As far as he can tell, Zack found no indication the side mirrors auto dim. This is consistent with the Packaging Guide, Ordering Guide, and Brochure, too.

When sitting in the cars, I found the mirrors to be of adequate size. I know someone thought they were small.

Yes, to answer someone's question where the side cameras are located: in the side mirrors.
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Cargo Area Cover
The more I see it the more I like the new design. It is lightweight and easy to install/remove at the four corners. It fully covers the area without obscuring the view out the rearview mirror.

While it twist-folds up into a smaller size, unfolded it is just a bit smaller than the cargo deck. That means you can just toss it under the cargo deck and it's out of your way and a snap to lift out and attach.
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Power in Back
No question, 12 volt "cigarette lighter" style.
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Cargo Net Ready
It's interesting that the accessories list the Brits received doesn't list a cargo net for the back. However, you can see one of the upper hooks for it next to the 12V outlet above (there's a mate on the opposite side). You can also see the two metal loops for it at the hatch edge (left up, right down).
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Apple Car Play and Waze
Wirelessly syncing my phone to the car was easy. The Tour guide said he usually just uses the cable. Apple Car Play seems to use most of the upper section near the screen top while still providing access to "cards" below it. As we've seen before, that still leaves climate control and the volume knob underneath. It also locks out use of your phone's screen (see below).


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You don't have to use Apple Car Play for Waze, however, as it is one of the already existing apps. The Tour guide says it still operates through your phone, so Waze is effectively running in the Sync4a screen, tethering to your phone for data.
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It also locks your phone screen.
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Front Camera Cleaner
There was a discussion earlier about camera cleaner on the front. You can see the cleaner that pops out hidden away in its hidden-hole here:
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Frunkage
One of the Tour guides told me a little story about the self-draining Frunk. This was a solution to a problem that became a feature. Yes, the Frunk seal is pretty well airtight. I checked it more thoroughly on this visit and am confident it's solid. Unfortunately, by sealing the Frunk this well, it made it hard to shut the hood. There was nowhere for the air to go. The Frunk drain was originally a solution to allow suddenly increasing pressure in the Frunk to escape. Then someone decided to make it into a self-draining Frunk.
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While we don't know what those frunky little panels are,
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he was confident they are air and water tight. I couldn't manage to get them open either 🤔

Front License
The Mach E Specialist at Koons Ford Baltimore was really on the ball. When I started measuring the space under the nose for a license plate bracket, he knew exactly what I was up to. It seems they have a standing order on all Mustangs: don't install the front license plate holder unless the customer specifically asks for it. I'll post more photos and details in the Front License Plate thread (https://www.macheclub.com/site/threads/what-are-peoples-plans-for-front-license-plates.1295/). I'll also reach out to Craig at Craig’s Custom Mustang Bracket but I'm pretty confident his bracket will work fine.
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Voice Commands
While more may come later in OTA updates, the current operable voice commands are largely related to the Sync4a system: navigation, infotainment, etc. Neither the Tour guides nor Zach thought it would do things like open the hatch (or pod bays). However, it can be used to set climate control.

Valet Mode
All the Valet Mode lock/unlock PIN do is to turn the Valet mode on and off. I found nothing where it would give you an opportunity to get a PIN to give the valet. Looks like we may need the fob for that.

Light Controls
I can confirm the upper two are map light on/off buttons. The lower left turns off all interior lights. The one on the lower right disables the interior lights turning on when doors.

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Outside Plastic Pieces
As mentioned elsewhere, the full front bumper and fascia, wheel lip moldings, and rear bumper panel are plastic. They were surprisingly flexible. This softness concerns me regarding gravel cuts and scratches. I'm definitely overing those with XPEL Ultimate.

SWAG
Yes, there was SWAG for those of us who took test rides.
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A few other details I forgot to mention:

Seat Adjustments
Not much to add on what others mentioned. It is the 8 position seat adjustment. However, as some have pointed out, the up/down adjustment seems to lift and tilt in a way that is extremely helpful. It also was nice that the seat automatically slides all the way back when you turn the car off. This makes it easy to get out.

Reverse Light
Yes, the reverse light is that light down under the rear bumper, straight below the license plate. It's nice and bright and @Mattsaradan and I managed to get this shot right before the Tour guide admonished Matt for putting the car into a drive gear. Thanks Matt!
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While the guides were confident the CCS connector is locked in place during charging, they were't sure if it would auto-unlock once the battery is full. They guessed locked was locked but I could tell they were guessing. They did say they'd try to find out from an engineer.
FYI: the connector remains locked as long as the doors are locked. From the dealer pocket-guide.

Excellent review!!!
 
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