Now you don't have any excuse to run out of juice
With the launch of the Mach-E, the American auto manufacturer is making some last-minute updates to its first EV that should make their new sports car/crossover even better. Ford has already announced that the Mach-E will offer superior tech to rival Tesla, and are now taking it even further by offering 250 kilowatt-hours of complimentary charging from Electrify America. The latest announcement is another feather in the Mach-E's cap that should prove invaluable when driving out in the real world: Ford will have the Mach-E tell you exactly how far you'll be able to travel in real-time with no guesswork.
The Mach-E, which goes up against cars such as the Tesla Model Y will be the first Ford EV to make use of the company's new Intelligent Range system that monitors electricity consumption in real-time. Ford engineers started with the premise that electric estimates are exactly what they say, and that there is a need to more accurately predict electric range.
How far a car can drive on a full battery depends on various factors, which means the figure you see on the dashboard is rarely 100% accurate. The issue here is that running low on juice can be problematic for electric cars, which don't have the same type of access to an energy sources as regular gasoline-powered cars. The new Intelligent Range system analyzes electricity consumption by looking at driver behavior, weather conditions, plus data from other Mach-E drivers in the vicinity. It predicts electricity usage in real-time. Flooring the accelerator, or driving in cold weather for instance will affect range dramatically.
Mark Poll, the manager of Ford's electric vehicle charging user experience says that tapping into the power of the cloud should bring more accuracy to the table.
"Changes in driver behavior and the environment can impact range, which is the reason other electric vehicles often experience significant range adjustments," he said. "Ford is tapping the power of the cloud to make estimates even more accurate, reduce the need for surprise charging stops, and help reduce customers' range anxiety."
If this new system doesn't work and the driver ends up running out of juice, Ford will come to the rescue via its free roadside assistance program it is creating specifically for the Mach-E. Ford will tow Mach-E owners to their homes or nearest public charging station or to an EV-certified Ford dealership within 35 miles, free of charge.
Ford plans to constantly update its Intelligent Range feature via its new over-the-air updating system which also updates the hands-free Active Drive Assist technology. Ford goes on to explain that future updates will review info stored in the cloud to better predict range.