Why the sizeable disparity in the potential mileage above? That’s because Ford is offering the Mustang Mach E with a choice of batteries, in either 75kWh or 100kWh capacities. They are somewhat unambiguous in their descriptions of these, with that 75kWh battery being dubbed Standard Range, and the larger 100kWh one being named Extended Range.
Just how far you’ll get with either depends on a couple of other factors, too. Obviously, how you drive it is one – there being three different drive modes to help you juggle your potential range – as well as the whether you’ve opted for your Mustang Mach E to be rear- or all-wheel drive. Pick the rear-wheel drive model with the Standard Range battery and you’ll have a potential range of 273 miles, adding all-wheel drive (AWD) to that dropping that back to 248 miles. It’s the same with the larger Extended Range model, which sees the rear-wheel drive model deliver a sizeable 379 miles, with the AWD model with the same bigger battery powering it quoted at 335 miles.
All useful numbers, but you’ll need to decide when you’re ordering whether you’re after the additional traction and surefootedness that AWD brings, or want to eke out maximum miles between plugging in. Those drive modes will help here, the Mustang Mach E binning the familiar Eco/Normal/Sport drive choices and instead going for Whisper, Active and Untamed, perhaps hoping the embarrassment – and the fake V8 noise and punctuated ‘gearshifts’ - of selecting that latter, most sporting Untamed setting means nobody will ever do so.
Two batteries are offered with the Mustang Mach E, these both being big, with either 75kWh or 100kWh capacities. These, like all their rivals do not use their entire capacity to preserve the chemistry in their cells, so, in reality then, the 75kWh is 68kWh and that 100kWh is 88kWh. That’s not unique to Ford, all electric cars do this – this helping maintain the battery, and allowing Ford to offer a 100,000 mile, 8 year battery warranty with the Mustang Mach E. Either battery choice delivers good range and performance, so it’s up to you whether you think you’ll need that larger one, or could manage with the still impressive potential mileage that the smaller one offers.
Once you’ve reached your destination and need to recharge, the Mach-E has some impressive ability. Even the cheapest version can take a rapid charge at 115kW, while the rest of the range can manage 150kW inputs. That’s fast enough to get a 70 mile top up in under 10 minutes. That rapid charge capability is great, but the convenience and reliability of the Tesla Supercharger network is still a major draw for buyers to the Mustang Mach E’s most obvious rival.
If, as is likely, you’re charging at home from a 7.4kWh wallbox you’ll need 11 hours for a 0-100% charge with the Standard Range model, or 14 hours with the Extended Range one. Find a rapid charger with 115kW output for your Standard Range model and it’ll top up from 10-80% in just 38 minutes, with the Extended Range model’s onboard charging tech allowing a greater 150kWh input, and seeing it achieve the same 10-80% charge in 43 minutes. Usefully quick in both, then.