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’CHARGED CAB A surprise ride in a European Mach-E taxi offers a glimpse of the future.

’CHARGED CAB

A surprise ride in a European Mach-E taxi offers a glimpse of the future.

When the Mustang Mach-E debuted, it was not without controversy because Ford made a double pivot to an all-electric vehicle carrying the Mustang branding. Since its reveal back in 2019, the electric pony has become quite a success, with Ford increasing production capacity and the car popping up in unexpected places.

For example, the Mach-E is not only becoming a taxi in New York City, but the Mach-E GT is joining the police fleet there. Once these things are announced, they make a lot of sense, but they weren’t part of the initial expectation of the first electric Mustang.

When it comes to a Mustang Mach-E taxi, your scribe was fortunate to get an early preview during a quick European getaway. In some places, ride-sharing is limited and taxis are still the move. That is the case in Copenhagen, Denmark, where I was lucky enough to score a ride in the only Mustang Mach-E in the 4x27 taxi fleet.

While my Danish Mustang Mach-E taxi didn’t have the fancy infotainment screens that the NYC Mach-E cabs have, it didn’t matter. I just enjoyed riding in a Mustang cab and hearing how much the driver loved his steed.
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After some sightseeing, it was time to head back to the hotel. After walking toward a row of nearby taxi cabs, it appeared like a vision. ‘Is that a Mustang Mach-E taxi?’ I asked myself. Sure enough, it was. Talk about a competitive advantage. I didn’t even consider riding in another cab. I had to ride in the Mustang.

As it turned out, the cab driver was quite pleased with his steed. He said that he preferred it to a Tesla and that its price was more affordable. I asked him a few questions during our ride, and he answered enthusiastically. His model was a rear-wheel-drive Select with the extended-range battery, which typically might only need charging once a day for its people-moving duty.

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Perhaps most telling of the experience is how happily he called it simply “a Mustang,” which shows that in other parts of the world people might not be so locked into the form factor of the brand. Toward the end of my ride, the drive put the accelerator to the floor and gleefully enjoyed the snap of instant torque. He looked over his shoulder at me with a grin, which I matched with a smile of my own. It was the most fun taxi ride I have taken because it was my first ride in a Mustang taxi.

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