Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV - Range, charging & running costs
The Mach-E has an impressive range and fast charging
The Mach-E costs more than £40,000, meaning it’s no longer eligible for the government plug-in car grant for electric cars. It is, however, competitive with most rivals until cheaper electric SUVs arrive. Running costs will also be impressively low, with Ford's own estimates anticipating that a typical owner will save around £750 a year on fuel alone.
Ford Mustang Mach-E range & charging
Just like the Tesla Model Y and Volkswagen ID.4, Ford is offering a choice of battery sizes to accommodate for the different lifestyles and budgets of potential owners. The more expensive version has an 88kWh usable capacity, giving a range of up to 379 miles with rear-wheel drive, dropping to 335 miles if you spec a dual-motor, four-wheel-drive setup.
On paper, this compares favourably with the VW ID.4, which has around 320 miles of range from its largest 77kWh battery. Crucially, it also beats the range figures of the Tesla Model Y which posts a maximum of 314 miles in Long Range guise. Of course, we'll be keen to see how close the Mach-E comes to its official figures when we get to drive it for longer.
The more affordable 68kWh (usable) battery provides an official range of up to 273 miles with two-wheel drive, dropping to 248 miles with a dual motor, four-wheel drive setup. Like all pure-electric cars, the Mach-E will benefit from free VED car tax and ultra-low Benefit-in-Kind for company-car drivers, along with perks like free access into cities and low emissions zones including central London.
Charging performance also depends on the battery size, with the smaller capacity able to charge at up to 115kW DC, while the Extended Range and GT versions can manage 150kW. It will be some time before this difference is a big deal for British owners, as even finding a 100kW public charger will prove difficult until the UK charging infrastructure improves. The ID.4 lands in the middle of the Mach-E line-up, with a 125kW maximum charging capacity. Meanwhile, one of the Tesla Model Y's biggest advantages is the firm’s Supercharger network of chargers exclusive to Tesla owners, that was rated as the best chargepoint provider in our Driver Power 2020 results.
Both the Mustang Mach-E Standard Range and Extended Range sit in group 37 out of 50, while the Extended Range with dual motors and First Edition cars sit in group 40. This is high for a Ford SUV (the Ford Kuga sits in groups 10 to 21), but competitive with other high-performance electric models. For instance, the Jaguar I-Pace sits in group 49, while the Tesla Model 3 is in groups 48 to 50.
Owners will get the same three-year/60,000-mile warranty as other Ford models, but it's also worth noting that the battery is protected by an extended eight-year/100,000 mile warranty. One year of Ford Assistance is included, providing European breakdown cover. An extended warranty is also offered for an additional cost.
Ford estimates that the reduction in moving parts and components in the Mach-E could save more than half of the traditional maintenance costs of a petrol or diesel SUV over five years or 60,000 miles. The brand offers service plans if you would prefer to pay for maintenance monthly, with upgrades available to include wear and tear items like brakes and wiper blades.