The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Deirdre Forde, Padraig Duane of Henry Ford & Son Ltd and Ann Doherty, Chief Executive,Cork City Council as the Lord Mayor was presented with the 2023 lord mayoral car, a fully electric Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended Range AWD, by Henry Ford & Son Ltd. Photo: Brian Lougheed

Forde in a Ford

Make vroom for the Lord Mayor of Cork! As is the tradition, she has been presented with a new car for 2023.

Cllr Deirdre Forde’s 2023 lord mayoral car is an electric Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended Range AWD.

This is the 2nd consecutive year an electric vehicle is being used to support the Lord Mayor of Cork’s duties and is in line with Cork City Council’s 2019–2024 Corporate Plan which sets out the council’s plans to lead in the creation of a more sustainable city.

The Mustang Mach-E fully electric SUV has a range in excess of 600km and will be charged on site in City Hall. Driving the Mustang Mach-E leads to an approx. 50% cut in running costs compared to driving a petrol or diesel engine in a similar-sized vehicle.

Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Deirdre Forde said: “I want to express my gratitude to Padraig and the team at Henry Ford & Son Ltd for continuing the tradition of supplying the official lord mayoral car. This is the 2nd year that the lord mayor’s car is fully electric, something I believe is vital in highlighting the council’s commitment to climate action and making the city a more environmentally sustainable city.”

Pádraig Duane, Fleet Business Manager, Henry Ford & Son Ltd commented: “We are delighted to continue for 2023 the long tradition of providing a Ford car for use by the city’s lord mayor. With its distinctive numberplate – always the first car to be registered each year in Cork, the lord mayor’s car has become a common sight in and around Cork city and, indeed, in the wider county.”