Early March, the orders for Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium and California Rt 1 trim levels were closed. Now, it is observed that the select and GT are also not available for orders currently. As the demand keeps increasing, and the limited availability of inventory the automaker stopped taking orders currently.
Ford stated on the website, “Due to high demand, the current model year is no longer available for retail order. Limited inventory may be available at selected dealers. Contact your dealer for more information.”
What this implies for consumers is they either have to wait for the 2023 model year. Or hunt for 2022 Mach-E crossovers that are still available at some dealers. Here’s hoping that those who are lucky enough to find one won’t have to pay a dealer markup—earlier this year. When Ford CEO Jim Farley threatened dealerships that apply markups with reduced product allocation in the future. While Ford quotes high demand as the reason it is no longer taking 2022 Mustang Mach-E orders from retail customers, the reality is likely more complicated. The ongoing global semiconductor shortage likely plays a big role in Ford’s decision. Like, Mustang Mach-E production was temporarily halted in February at the Cuautitlan plant in Mexico due to supply chain issues.
Ford last week announced significant price hikes for the Mustang Mach-E in the UK, with the base price rising by £6,200 ($8,000) for the Standard Range RWD model. The Select Mach-E starts at $43,895 in RWD spec meanwhile AWD can be had for an extra $2,700. Ford UK cited a dramatic increase in material and energy costs as the reason for the price increases. That said, Ford plans to triple Mustang Mach-E production in Mexico by 2023 after deciding not to build the all-electric Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs there. This will free up significant capacity for the Mach-E, but it remains to be seen how Ford’s plans will be affected by supply chain issues. As well as rising material and energy costs, as analysts don’t expect these disruptions to end soon.
Clearly, the ongoing semiconductor shortage likely played a key role in Ford’s decision. The marque has already experienced production issues this year. Last month Mach-E production was temporarily halted due to supply chain issues. The Mach-E has been a strong seller for Ford since it first hit the market in December 2020. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and chip shortage, Ford still managed to sell 27,140 Mach-Es in the US alone last year.