Ford Announces Improved Ranges for the Mach-E Electric SUV After 10 Minutes of DC Fast Charging

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【Summary】The estimated range after DC fast-charging times of approximately 10 minutes have been updated by around 30% for Ford's fully-electric Mustang-inspired Mach-E SUV.

FutureCar Staff    Jun 21, 2020 10:30 AM PT
Ford Announces Improved Ranges for the Mach-E Electric SUV After 10 Minutes of DC Fast Charging
The Ford Mach-E on display at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show

For drivers of electric vehicles, two of the most important concerns are where to find charging and how long will it take to recharge the vehicle. For Ford's fully-electric Mustang-inspired Mach-E, the estimated range after DC fast-charging times of approximately 10 minutes have been updated by around 30%.

Ford has announced that the Mach-E can go an estimated 61 miles with just a 10 minute charge at one of Electrify America's DC fast charging stations.

The estimated charging time applies to the Mach-E with the optional extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive setup. It's an improvement of approximately 14 miles or 30% versus previous estimates after the vehicle was unveiled last November.

The other two versions of the Mach-E cannot go quite as far on the same 10 minute charge, however the numbers are still respectable.

Mustang Mach-E with standard-range battery is estimated to add an average of 46 miles of range in 10 minutes for rear-wheel-drive models and 42 miles for all-wheel-drive models. The optional all-wheel-drive version with extended-range battery is estimated to add an average of 52 miles of range in approximately10 minutes as well.

To charge the Mach-E battery all the way to 80% takes approximately 38 minutes while charging on a DC fast charging station. Both all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive versions of the Mach-E are estimated to achieve a 10% to 80% charge in approximately 45 minutes while charging on a DC fast charging station, which is on par with other EVs like the Tesla Model 3, Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace. 

"Mustang customers love the open road and less time recharging means more time enjoying the drive," said Mark Kaufman, Ford global director, electrification. "We've made it a priority to make it faster to recharge their Mustang Mach-E, and we're continuing to work with providers to ensure even more charge points are available through FordPass to make it easier to recharge."

DC Fast Charging provides DC power directly to the vehicle's battery, which takes less time. Most new EVs are capable of receiving an 80% charge in about an hour using most public DC fast chargers.

Ford also announced that its network providers have expanded the company's FordPass Charging Network to include an additional 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations and 5,000 charge plugs for future Mustang Mach-E owners. 

Ford's FordPass EV charging network now includes more than 13,500 charging stations with 40,000 individual charging ports as part of its deal with Electrify America.

Electrify America was founded by German automaker Volkswagen in 2017 as part of its restitution for the dieselgate emissions scandal. The company is building out a coast-to-coast EV charging network in the U.S. to promote the adoption of electric vehicles.

Over a ten year period ending in 2027, Electrify America is investing $2 billion in zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure and education programs in the United States. Of this $2 billion, $1.2 billion is being invested nationwide, while the remaining $800 million will be invested in California, the state with the largest number of EVs on the road.

In addition to building out EV charging infrastructure in the U.S., Electrify America is partnering with automakers to provide their customers with convenient EV charging locations, as is the case with Ford and the Mach-E. The company also partnered with Porsche, providing three years of access for Taycan owners, as well as with Silicon Valley luxury electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors.

"We're pleased with the continued expansion of the FordPass Charging Network and progress on DC fast charging for Mustang Mach-E ahead of its launch," said Matt Stover, Ford director of charging, energy services and business development. "We're continually looking at ways to improve the customer experience for all aspects of charging for future Ford all-electric vehicles, so expect more updates to come."

Despite the suspension of production of vehicles in the U.S. since March due to coronavirus pandemic, Fords says Mach-E production is still on schedule for the fall and the first models will be available to reservation holders later this year.

The Standard Range Battery Mach-E starts at $43,895 and is also eligible for the federal EV tax credit of $7,500.

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