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In better news, peugfan on the Mach E Club forum pointed out two posts on the Blue Oval Forums that over 90 Mach E units were produced in Cuautitlan before the shutdown (same source said 97 in one post and over 90 on another). That's seems like a lot for test units. I wonder if these are the first ~100 of the ~4000 early productions for demo and test ride, too? I'm checking to find verification of that >90 number.
I'm guessing those are all still considered pre-production units. At least for now. What happens to them after production starts is a curious question though. Do they take them and retrofit them to the finalized specs so they can be sold or used as dealer demos? Or as Grahame said, in crash tests? Or does that invalidate the test if it's not an official production model?

I'm guessing they stay in the hands of Ford (not sent to dealers or customers). It's not even 1 day's worth of production once the plant gets up to speed.
 

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I'm guessing they stay in the hands of Ford (not sent to dealers or customers). It's not even 1 day's worth of production once the plant gets up to speed.
Yes, pre-production units are not built to be sale-able to customers. They'll stay within Ford until they are eventually disposed of. Sad, but that's how it goes.
 
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Yes, pre-production units are not built to be sale-able to customers. They'll stay within Ford until they are eventually disposed of. Sad, but that's how it goes.
Interesting. Do they even receive a VIN? Would they count against the theoretical first 4000 reservations?
 

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Interesting. Do they even receive a VIN? Would they count against the theoretical first 4000 reservations?
Never paid attention to the VIN. I'm assuming they do because these pre-production units that are intended to be drive-able are titled as non-saleable and have a manufacturer license plate if they are driven in public. Different rules apply if they have an "M" plate, allowing more leeway for driving units that may not meet safety standards, etc.

My understanding is pre-production units don't count against the approximate 50k customer unit count.
 
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Yes, pre-production units are not built to be sale-able to customers. They'll stay within Ford until they are eventually disposed of. Sad, but that's how it goes.
I heard the same today from my source in Cuautitlan. He confirmed the estimate of 90+ seems about right. He also indicated again that they are about half way through pre-production. The new info was that some of the pre-production may include sellable units. Dealer demos perhaps?

Just glad they are making progress.
 
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