The small increase in battery range has had a noticeable effect on range.
In December last year, Ford revealed an update for the Mustang Mach-E range. This range came with a series of new trims and features together with a nominal increase in price. The most important revision to the range was the increased battery capacity for both Standard Range (SR) and Extended Range (ER) models. The former was upgraded to offer 70 kWh of energy while the larger, 91 kWh.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has now confirmed the increases in range and consumption for both battery packs in various trims. The new range of batteries is only slightly larger than before, up from 68 kWh and 88 kWh, respectively, but the increases in driving range are impressive.
The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD with the SR now bears an EPA-rating of 110/96/103 MPGe city/highway/combined with a range of 247 miles. This is 17 miles more than the pre-updated model, rated at 105/93/100 MPGe. This motor configuration is available on the Select trim starting at $43,895 MSRP. For the $2,700 all-wheel-drive option, the range decreases to 224 miles, 13 miles greater than before.
The 108/94/101 MPGe estimates on the rear-wheel-drive California Route 1 trim, now priced at $52,775, using the ER has not changed but the EPA notes an increase of nine miles in electrical range to 314 miles. With the optional AWD, this decreases to 312 miles at 105/91/98 MPGe.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD using the ER has been rated at 303 miles. Compared to the older model, this reflects an increase of three miles in range with no change in EPA estimates.
On this trim, adding AWD results in a total range of 277 miles (seven more than before). The 97/84/91 MPGe ratings are a slight improvement over the previous 96/84/90 MPGe estimates. Oddly, both the GT and GT Performance models have not seen an adjustment in estimates with the former remaining at a claimed 270 miles and the latter 260 miles. The 90/77/84 MPGe estimate for the GT and 88/75/82 MPGe for the Performance are unchanged as well.
What does this mean for the sake of comparisons? The Ford Mustang Mach-E is now able to put up a stronger fight against the Tesla Model Y, with the base RWD model now boasting three miles more range than the entry-level Tesla. However, when you stack the AWD ER up against the Tesla Model Y Long Range with dual motors, the Ford comes up short by 53 miles.
Next to the all-wheel-drive Kia EV6 with a long-range battery, the Mach-E has a bit more of a fighting chance as its bests the Korean by three miles. The base Mach-E extends this competition by offering a full 15 miles over the standard range EV6 with rear-wheel drive.