Mustang Mach‑E GT Review & Saving Money with Xcel Energy

November 2, 2021

The Mustang Mach‑E Review & Saving Money with Xcel Energy

Mon­i­ca Rosen­bluth, Asso­ciate Prod­uct Port­fo­lio Man­ag­er of Xcel Energy’s Elec­tric Vehi­cle Divi­sion, spoke with us about her newest elec­tric vehi­cle pur­chase, the Ford Mus­tang Mach‑E GT. She pur­chased it as soon as it became avail­able last year, and received her car on Octo­ber 14th. This is her first elec­tric vehi­cle, but she’s been want­i­ng to go elec­tric for a while.

Mon­i­ca decid­ed on the Mus­tang Mach‑E because of its fast, sporty nature and func­tion­al­i­ty as a fam­i­ly car. It’s also eli­gi­ble for up to $10,000 in com­bined fed­er­al and state tax cred­its, a huge chunk of sav­ings that man­u­fac­tur­ers Tes­la and GM can­not redeem any­more due to a vehi­cle sales cap. How­ev­er, incen­tives for these man­u­fac­tur­ers are still up for con­sid­er­a­tion as part of the Build Back Bet­ter bill. Switch­ing to elec­tric was part of Monica’s fam­i­ly con­scious effort to do bet­ter for the envi­ron­ment. The Mach‑E emits zero tailpipe emis­sions as it is driven.

Mon­i­ca and her fam­i­ly often road trip long dis­tances, their next trip planned for Taos, New Mex­i­co. While she hasn’t yet test­ed a long dri­ve, she has dri­ven through the moun­tains fre­quent­ly and has even dri­ven through a snow­storm. Mon­i­ca was sur­prised by how heavy the car felt and how well it han­dled in the snow. “It exceed­ed expec­ta­tions,” she remarked of its dri­ving qual­i­ty — and she’s not the only one who loves her car. She’s received a lot of pos­i­tive reac­tions from fel­low dri­vers and passers­by when she parks in public.

The Mach‑E makes for a great win­ter car.

cause Mon­i­ca usu­al­ly charges at home, she decid­ed to upgrade her charg­ing to Lev­el 2, and recent­ly applied for Xcel Energy’s Home Wiring Rebate. When approved, she’ll get a $500 rebate that will help off­set the costs to upgrade her home wiring. She’s also been charg­ing dur­ing off- peak hours (9pm — 6am) as part of Xcel Energy’s Opti­mize Your Charge pro­gram, which rewards dri­vers with a $50 annu­al cred­it for participation.

We also spoke with Mon­i­ca about Xcel’s deal­er­ship net­work. Xcel Ener­gy part­ners with deal­er­ships across Col­orado to edu­cate them about EV pro­grams and rebates in order to help explain EV options to cus­tomers. This makes it eas­i­er for cus­tomers who qual­i­fy for Xcel’s EV rebates to get instant cash back on the spot, or apply for the rebate after pur­chas­ing an EV at a non-net­worked deal­er­ship. Xcel Ener­gy also helps adver­tise addi­tion­al incen­tives that their net­worked deal­ers offer on their web­site. To find a deal­er in their net­work, go here.

Recent Posts

Earth Month 2024 Event Recap

Earth Month 2024 Event Recap

We believe every month is Earth Month, and April is no different! Throughout April, many cities and organizations hosted a variety of Earth Day celebrations across the state of Colorado. Drive Electric Colorado attended 13 events throughout the month, serving as a...

How an Electric Truck Kept the Lights On

How an Electric Truck Kept the Lights On

Electric vehicles have been using electrons across highways for over a decade now. For most, it’s an alternative fuel source to do the same job: transport people from point A to point B. But as EV’s begin taking more market share, many EV’s are starting to take shape...


Take the pledge to make your next car electric!