Electric cars are starting to become a more common occurrence in automaker’s portfolios, but it doesn’t appear that the public is entirely sold on them. We know that a part of this hesitation from buyers is the result of range-anxiety, and the charge times associated with BEVs. As automakers try to popularize these platforms, achieving range figures close to 300 miles per charge has become a popular target. This may prove to be problematic for Ford’s Mustang Mach-E, after new EPA range estimates have come to light.
Originally uploaded to the Mach-E forum, these new EPA estimates cast a bit of doubt over Ford’s initial range claims for their electric SUV. Ford stated that the Mustang Mach-E with the optional Range Extender should hit 300 miles per charge in RWD spec, and 270 miles with AWD optioned. During the EPA’s SAE J1634 Multi-Cycle Test, the RWD Mach-E was only able to achieve a maximum range of 288 miles, while the AWD model managed just 250 miles.
Now, it is important to note that these figures are just estimates based on this particular EPA test. A Ford spokesperson confirmed to Roadshow that they fully expect the Mustang Mach-E to hit the range targets that the company has laid out once it arrives to customers. That said, this isn’t the first time something like this has happened. When the Porsche Taycan Turbo S was launched, the brand maintained that the sedan was capable of hitting 265 miles on a single charge. Then came the tests, resulting in the EPA slapping the automaker with a rating of just 201 miles. Despite this disappointing figure, Car and Driver found that the Taycan’s range in the real world was significantly higher than what the EPA found during its five-cycle testing. It appears that the Mach-E may suffer this same fate.
For now we will have to wait and see if these estimates are reflective of the official EPA rating. Mustang Mach-E buyers are likely not thrilled to learn their cars may have less capability than initially promised, but only a road test will solidify the answer.