Tesla Flounders in Ford Country as Mustang Mach-E Hype Rages

The Mustang Mach-E is out-dazzling Tesla in the South and Midwest. | Source: AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez

  • Tesla’s Model Y and Ford’s Mustang Mach-E are set to do battle this year.
  • Elon Musk may have a fight on his hands as an analysis of social media data indicates that interest in the Mustang is beating the Model Y in 20 states.
  • When you throw in the upcoming electric Ford F-150, things are looking brighter for Ford stock.

Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) stock’s meteoric rise has seen its market cap balloon to almost three times that of its fellow US automaker, Ford (NYSE: F).

Elon Musk has the upper hand, but a recent Twitter study suggests Ford isn’t going down without a fight.

Tesla’s Model Y Faces Stern Challenge From Ford’s Mustang Mach-E

The Tesla Model Y faces a stiff challenge in America’s heartland. | Source: Source: Frederic J. BROWN / AFP

The forthcoming Mustang Mach-E is holding its own against Tesla’s Model Y in the battle of the EV SUV crossovers.

The Model Y was announced to great fanfare last year, as Elon Musk unfurled the final car in his S3XY lineup. The Y seeks to penetrate the extremely lucrative compact SUV market, bringing the usual Tesla flare and clean lines (Cybertruck excluded).

Ford hopes to compete by leveraging the cult-like following that’s fiercely loyal to its iconic Mustang line.

Among the Tesla family, the Model Y looks to be the most vulnerable to competitors, primarily because it so closely resembles the Model 3.

Every other product looks unique and independent. The Y is merely a fatter version of the company’s most affordable car – it brings little extra to the table. It feels like a corporate decision to tap a profitable sector, which is a starkly conformist departure from Musk’s brand.

It doesn’t even bring anything to the lineup’s name. It’s not like S3X would have been any less edgy.

Twitter Data Shows Tesla Will Struggle to Penetrate Ford Country

Ford’s strong following seems to help it fare surprisingly well against Tesla’s giant fan-club.

As this analysis of Twitter data indicates, Musk is still struggling to win over the Ford strongholds in the South and Midwest:

Tesla’s Model Y is currently losing the Twitter interest battle in 20 states, a clear win for Ford Motor Company’s effort to be relevant in the EV market. | Source: Alan Parnek, partcatalog.com

Throw into the mix that Ford has an electric F-150 in the pipeline, and the interest in Ford EV’s could get even more intense.

Electric F-150 Is Ford’s ‘Ace in the Hole’

Launched in 1948, the F-150 is the most popular vehicle of all time, having led all automobile sales in the US for decades.

If Ford has a trump card to reinvigorate the company and spark aggressive growth, it’s electrifying its most popular truck. It’s a strategy that could pay off handsomely – if it works. But if the prototype’s million-pound towing test was any indication, Ford is on the right track.

As Tesla stock (blue) soars, will Ford’s Mustang Mach-E or electric F-150 shock its stagnant share price (green) to life? | Source: Yahoo Finance

The Model Y might sell fine, but it isn’t dominating the popular imagination the way we’re used to seeing from Tesla.

If you want to compete with Elon Musk, you have to be at the top of your game. With the Mach-E and the electric F-150, Ford appears to be off to a good start.

This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

Last modified: January 15, 2020 8:17 PM UTC

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