What affects range?
There are three main factors that can affect the driving range of the Mustang Mach-E:
Heavy acceleration and high speeds
- In any type of vehicle, accelerating fast will use more power and reduce range. This applies to Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) and Electric Vehicles (EV).
- Likewise, faster speeds create exponentially more wind and road resistance, impacting on range.
Climate and temperature
- Extreme heat or cold temperatures outside have the potential to affect battery range, directly. All electric vehicles (EV's) have less energy when in cold temperatures compared to warm temperatures due to battery cell chemistry.
- Heating and cooling the inside of the vehicle for passenger comfort also has an impact.
- Regenerative braking can capture and reuse more than 90% of the braking energy improving the efficiency of the battery and extending the battery range.
How to improve range
These tips will help keep you comfortable and relaxed about the range of your Electric Vehicle:
- Pre-condition the vehicle. Set the departure time to warm the cabin and the battery while the vehicle is still plugged in. Use the FordPass App or the Mustang Mach-E's touchscreen.
- If possible, always keep the Electric Vehicle plugged in whenever it is parked. In cold weather, even trickle charging will help the vehicle to keep the temperature of its battery optimised.
- Avoid using high-power, fast charging (DC) after short driving distances. The battery needs time to heat up, under normal driving conditions, to be able to accept high charge power. Not giving your battery time to condition will impact charging performance.
- Ensure tyres are at the correct pressure. Under inflated tyres can affect the rolling road resistance and therefore increase drag, impacting on energy consumption. The wrong pressure will also affect the tyres’ grip on snowy and icy roads. Winter tyres are recommended where necessary.
- Set the climate control to create a comfortable but moderate ambient temperature. It is more efficient to maintain a consistent temperature than it is to keep turning climate control on and off, heating up the cabin before letting it cool down again.
- Rather than use heating and ventilation to warm up the whole cabin, use the heated seats and steering wheel as primary local heat sources for the passengers. These consume far less energy.