Ford Mustang Mach-E has a mile of wires it doesn't need. That's a big deal

Ford CEO Jim Farley was rather blunt about the problems that Ford experienced as it rolled out its hot EV models, the Mustang Mach-E and the F-150 Lightning pickup.
While both vehicles have a long list of waiting customers, Farley admitted that Ford encountered numerous problems with their production.
“We didn’t know that our wiring harness for Mach-E was 1.6 kilometers longer than it needed to be.
We didn’t know it’s 70 pounds heavier and that that’s [cost an extra] $300 a battery,” he said on a call with investors Thursday.
“It’s easier said than done.”Not all the problems Ford reported are related to its attempt to shift to a line-up of EVs rather than traditional internal combustion engines.
As Farlen conceded on the call, “Ford has been the #1 in recalls in the US for the last 2 years.
The good news for traditional automakers is they have the financial wherewithal, both in cash on hand and ongoing profits, from their internal combustion engine sales.
“They just cost future resources and time.”Ford isn’t the only traditional automaker having problems with its early EV offerings.
They resumed last year, but GM ended up with total US EV sales of just under 40,000.
2 in terms of US sales of EVs, but that’s still way, way behind Tesla.
In 2022 Ford’s US EV sales came to just under 62,000, roughly a tenth Tesla’s US sales that year.
That means about 600,000 US Tesla sales for the year.