Nowadays, most electric vehicles have abandoned traditional door latches for sophisticated, electronic, integrated parts. This includes the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, which uses what Ford calls the “E-Latch door system”. The Mach-E electric door lock system uses a button on each door that releases the door lock, which the carmaker wanted to show in this recent video.
The Mach-E electric door lock system is quite different from the one we’ve seen from other BEV manufacturers such as Tesla, which still uses actual door handles, albeit ones that fit the level of the body. To enter Mach-E, owners must first have the keychain on hand or use their phone as a key. When one of them is detected by the vehicle, the owner simply presses the door button to activate the E-Latch.
However, the door does not open completely – only slightly. Enough to grab the pull handle located in the door and open it the rest of the way, even though they are only in the front doors. The rear seat passengers have a pad on the inside of the door used to complete the process.
Although this can create a fear of finger pinching, Ford has designed the Mach-E so that once the doors open, they cannot be closed again until they are fully open. Exiting the Mach-E is almost the same as exiting any other vehicle, as the passenger simply has to pull the level near the armrest to unlock the door.
Many will no doubt worry that the E-Latch will not work as expected. But it is worth noting that Ford has designed the system so that even when the battery is exhausted or completely exhausted, the doors can still open from the inside by pulling the lever all the way.
However, entering the Mach-E with a low battery is not possible unless the owner connects jumper cables to the two power points located in the front lower grille. The Mach-E’s front boot can then be opened for charging.
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2021 Ford Mustang Mach E Photos
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