Here are 10 things you need to know about the new Ford Mustang Mach-E
2. There will be over-the-air updates
- Select - $43,895 (early 2021)
- Premium - $50,600 (late 2020)
- California RT.1 Edition - $52,400 (early 2021)
- First Edition - $59,900 (late 2020)
- GT - $60,500 (spring 2021)
Ford announced that the Mach-E will be equipped to receive over-the-air updates. The first updates will start six months after launching the first vehicles in 2020.
Updates could add new features to your vehicle, just as when Ford added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility to SYNC 3 through USB and WiFi updates several years ago.
Customers can select a regular time they are not using the vehicle – such as the middle of the night for many – to schedule updates their vehicle is off, meaning they may not even notice the installation occurred once they start their car. Most other updates can be activated in under two minutes, while any updates that may require the vehicle to be parked can be scheduled to take place when customers find it most convenient.
Customers can receive notifications detailing the software updates when they are available and can even opt in to have the updates applied automatically over Wi-Fi or cellular connections. In-vehicle alerts will then tell customers what updates were installed when they start the vehicle the next time.
3. Self driving capability
Ford hasn’t confirmed yet if a self-driving Mustang Mach-E will happen but they are built with the technology for it to happen.
All Mach-Es are equipped with the hardware necessary for eventual autonomous driving. Ford will surely charge a fee, like Tesla, to unlock the software necessary to activate it. Engineers say the hardware resembles that of Cadillac's sophisticated Super Cruise system which not only uses radar, cameras and GPS to orient itself, but also monitors the driver with a camera and laser atop the steering column.
4. Battery size
The Mustang Mach-E comes equipped with a 75.7 kWh or 98.8 kWh battery located under the vehicle. The battery is made of lithium ion battery cells with nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) cathode. The high-voltage battery system uses an advanced active liquid heating and cooling system to regulate high-voltage battery temperature and help maximize the performance of the high-voltage battery. Note: The high-voltage battery does not require regular service maintenance.
Depending on which trim level you choose for the Mustang Mach-E you’ll be able to have an EPA-estimated range of 300 miles.
6. Charging information
- Select: 230 mile range
- Premium: 300 mile range
- California Route 1: 300 mile range
- First Edition: 270 mile range
- GT: 235 mile range
By working with Greenlots and Electrify America, Ford says Mach-E owners will have access to more than 12,000 charging stations and 35,000 plugs in Canada and the United States. Using Electrify America’s 150-kilowatt DC chargers, Ford says its battery-powered crossover can add about 46.6 miles (75 kilometres) of range with just 10 minutes of charging, and can replenish a near-dead — 10-per-cent life — battery to 80 per cent in just 45 minutes. Ford is also offering two years of complimentary access to the FordPass network.
Ford also expects most electrified Mustangs will be ordered with its 48-amp Ford Connected Charge Station, which recharges the Mach-E’s batteries at the rate of 50 kilometres an hour. Every Mach-E will also come with a mobile charger that can access higher-power 240-volt home networks. And like similar systems in other EVs, Ford’s My Trip app will help you plan your route by monitoring the battery’s state of charge and identifying FordPass charging points along the route.
7. There will be Ford EV Roadside Assistance if you run out of charge
Ford EV Roadside Assistance has you covered in the US for 5 years/60,000 miles (whichever comes first). You can choose where you would like to have your vehicle towed and recharged within 35 miles of your vehicle location: your home, a public charge station or a Ford dealership. If beyond 35 miles, Ford will take you to the nearest option. Some public chargers may require payment for use.
8. Mach E GT specs
Yes there will be a GT Performance Edition of the Mustang Mach-E. It will have a starting price of $60,500 and will be available for spring 2021.
It’s powered by Permanent-Electric Dual Motor All Wheel Drive and produces an estimated 459 horsepower (342 kW) and 612 lb-ft of torque (830 Nm). It will have a 0-60 time of around 3.5 seconds.
Specific packages haven’t been revealed yet but will have features like 20" Cast Aluminum Wheels, Miko Inserts & Copper Metallic Stitching, B&O 10-Speaker Sound System, Handsfree, Foot Activated Liftgate, and Memory Driver Seats & Power Folding Mirrors.
9. 0-60 times
Your 0-60 times will vary depending on which trim you decide to purchase.
10. SYNC4 will be equipped for the infotainment system
- Select: 5.5 seconds (AWD or RWD)
- Premium: 5.5 seconds (AWD or RWD)
- California Route 1: 6.5 seconds (AWD)
- First Edition: 5.5 seconds (AWD)
- GT: 3.5 seconds (AWD)
One of the reasons the Mustang Mach-E will receive over-the-air updates is that it will be equipped with the latest edition of SYNC.
The center touchscreen is 15.5 inches and the instrument cluster is 10.2 inches.
SYNC 4 doesn’t have a home button and it doesn’t have a back button. If you need them, Ford argues, your interface is too convoluted. Instead, the portrait-aspect touchscreen is split up into sections.
The space is taken up by cards for navigation, multimedia, and vehicle status. You can have one of those cards expand to occupy the whole of the remaining space, or collapse down to fit a gallery of secondary cards underneath. For example, you might have navigation at the top with a large map, with music controls in a smaller card underneath. Or, you could flip that around and have Apple CarPlay expanded, while a smaller card shows the upcoming navigation instruction underneath it.
SYNC 4 will integrate with the FordPass Charging Network, effectively an umbrella covering multiple different public charging services – including DC fast charging from Electrify America – and allowing drivers to access and pay for them with a single account.