These days, most all electric vehicles have handed over traditional door locks to smart, electronic, integrated pieces. This includes the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, which uses what Ford calls an “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 was eager to show in this recent video.
The Mach-E electric door lock system is quite different from what we have seen from other BEV car manufacturers such as Tesla, which still use actual door handles, albeit those that fit flat with the body. To get into Mach-E, owners must first have the key fob handy, or they can also use their phone as a key. When one of these is detected by the vehicle, the owner simply presses the button on the door to activate the E-lock.
However, the door does not open all the way – only slightly. Just enough to grab the pull handle inside the door and pull it open the rest of the way, even though they are only located in the main doors. The rear seat passengers have a handle on the inside of the door that is used to complete the process.
While this may create fear of pinched fingers, Ford has designed the Mach-E so that once the doors are opened, they cannot be closed again until they are fully open. Getting out of the Mach-E is very much the same as getting out of any other vehicle, as the passenger simply has to pull the level near the armrest to loosen the door.
Many will undoubtedly worry that the E-lock is not working properly, which is to be expected. But it is worth noting that Ford has designed the system so that even if the battery is exhausted or completely dead, the doors can still be opened from the inside by pulling the handle all the way back.
However, it is not possible to enter the Mach-E with a dead battery unless the owner connects jumper cables to the two power points located in the front lower grille. Then Mach-E’s front luggage compartment can be opened so it can be charged.
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2021 Ford Mustang Mach E Photos
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