It seems the Ford Mustang Mach-E might be the end of Range Anxietyby Dim Angelov, on LISTEN 03:00
Lately, the Ford Mustang Mach-E has been the most talked-about EV. It was initially met by mixed reactions as Ford not only slapped the Mustang name on it, previously belonging exclusively to the two-door pony car, but they also gave it many of the Mustang’s design elements, such as the front fascia and the tri-bar taillights. However, as it turns out, the Mach-E has one key redeeming feature, as it recently got into the Guinness world records book thanks to its efficiency.
Mustang Mach-E Efficiency Record
To be more specific the Mach-E set a world record for the amount of distance driven with 1 kWh. It managed 6.54 miles (10.5 km) for 1 kWh. To have a crack at the record a trip was organized from St. John O’Groats – a Scottish village at the very tip of Northern Scotland – to Land’s End – the most Western point in Southern UK.
The total distance driven by the Mach-E was 840 miles (1,352km) with two stops for charging, taking 45 minutes total. The version used for the trip was the Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended Range RWD version. This means 294 horsepower going to the rear wheels only and an 88 kWh battery. The Mach-E Extended Range RWD also has an EPA rating of 379 miles (610 km) combined.
At the beginning of the test, the car was fully charged and with three people on board. The drivers were BBC correspondent Paul Clifton, Fergal McGrath, and Kevin Brooke, none of which strangers to such undertakings. The test took place on July 3rd, 2021, and took 27 hours to complete.
It’s worth noting that whilst the record is impressive, the car was driven at an average speed of 31 mph (50 km/h), so at highway speeds, the efficiency will drop by at least 25 percent.
Nevertheless, “This record is about demonstrating that electric cars are now viable for everyone. Not just for short urban trips to work or the shops or as a second car, but for real-world use on long cross-country journeys. We’ve proved that, with this car, the tipping point has been reached” - the team shared.
Of course, the driving performed in the test aimed to squeeze as much range as possible from the Mach-E. That said, even though no one will be driving at 31 mph (50 km/h) on the highway, it’s good to know that EVs are not good just for short trips or getting the groceries, but can actually provide enough range for a range anxiety-free road trip. Now, it remains to be seen how much more range can EV manufacturers squeeze from their EV architectures.
|Drivetrain:||dual electric motors|
|Range:||up to 300 miles|
|0 to 60 mph:||less than four seconds|
|Top speed:||at least 130 mph|