With deliveries of the Ford Mustang Mach-E starting in a few weeks it was about time for Ford to have the EPA give the final range specification for its different configurations. It seems like Ford was on the ball with their estimates and while it didn’t really exceed its planned specs (except for an increase in one mile in one model), it also didn’t shock us with an unexpectedly poor result.
As always, during the development of any electric car, the range being thrown around is only an estimate or a goal that the manufacturer has put out of the electric car to meet. The final range doesn’t get published until the car is put through a standardized test by the corresponding testing agency. Ford has finally had it’s range numbers certified by the EPA and here are the results:
|Mustang Mach-E (targeted)||Mustang Mach-E (EPA-estimated ratings)|
|Standard-range RWD: 230 miles||Standard-range RWD: 230 miles|
|Extended-range RWD: 300 miles||Extended-range RWD: 300 miles|
|Standard-range eAWD: 210 miles||Standard-range eAWD: 211 miles|
|Extended-range eAWD: 270 miles||Extended-range eAWD: 270 miles|
As you can see, the final EPA ratings are in line with the targeted specs aside from the Standard-range eAWD version squeezing out one more mile than targeted. While some will find the ranges of the standard range models to be lackluster, at the very least Ford has been upfront with its targets and there should be no shocks from onlookers unless they were blindly optimistic that Ford was going to have some sort of battery breakthrough.
Also, there are still many factors in play and range testing is an imperfect science. While the EPA testing methodology is seen to much more strict than its WLTP cousin in the EU, it is still not a perfect representation of real-world driving ranges. We can take a look at the recent Porsche Taycan which showed an abysmal range that barely went over 200 miles (and actually was sub-200 in one model). However, we have seen multiple stories of the car comfortable getting ranges in excess of 270 miles without having to be babied. Additionally, the manufacturer can state that their EPA rating is lower than it really is if they want to, something that both Porsche and Tesla have done before, which might explain how they were able to receive basically the same ratings as their targets. All speculation of course.
By no means am I suggesting that the Mach-E will be able to best the Model Y in regards to battery efficiency, but it is always important to see some real-world testing to get a better idea of the scope of a vehicle. The Mustang Mach-E however will be the first non-Tesla that will hit the 300-mile mark, so at the very least they have earned that accolade.
The GT version of the Mustang Mach-E has not been certified yet, but don’t expect any sort of crazy range from a model that will most likely be throwing efficiency aside for raw power.
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