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The Ford Mustang Mach-E has staked its claim for the best electric SUV in America. It competes with models like the Volkswagen ID.4 and Tesla Model Y. The Mustang Mach-E has proven that it is quick and has decent driving range, but is it reliable? How long can Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV models last?

How long does the Ford Mustang Mach-E last?

A white Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E | Ford

Electric vehicles are constructed very differently than internal combustion engine vehicles. EVs don’t require engines. They don’t use the same multispeed transmissions that ICE vehicles do, either. An EV’s longevity is mostly reliant on its battery cell and its motor for battery electric vehicles.

Battery electric vehicles use electricity to power electric motors that allow EVs to drive. These batteries degrade over time and ultimately lose total battery capacity over long periods.

According to, a site that focuses on Mach-E news and developments, the Mach-E has an annual battery degradation rate of 2.3%. If this degradation rate is accurate, the Mach-E will lose over 20% of its total battery capacity over a decade. It could lose over 40% of its total battery capacity over two decades, making it much less practical after long periods of ownership.

The base model Ford Mustang Mach-E Select RWD has a 247-mile driving range estimate. If the lithium-ion battery were to degrade by 20.3% after a decade of ownership, the electric SUV would have a 197-mile battery capacity after 10 years. It would have about 177 miles of driving range after 15 years based on those calculations.

When do Ford Mustang Mach-E batteries become impractical?

A white Ford Mustang Mach-E is parked outside.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E | Ford

If the Mach-E has an annual lithium-ion battery degradation rate of 2.3%, consumers will have about eight years before the battery’s capacity dips below the 200-mile mark, and about 14 years before the capacity sinks below 180 miles. Mustang Mach-E electric SUVs will still have plenty of life past a decade of ownership depending on how much driving range a consumer desires. claims that the average new vehicle is kept for about 8.4 years. That aligns with the amount of time Mach-E owners have until range anxiety begins to set in when the battery capacity dips below current industry standards (around 200 miles of range). In other words, drivers should be able to keep Mach-E electric SUVs for as long as they would an internal combustion vehicle unless unforeseen issues arrive in the future.

How does the Mach-E’s longevity compare to other electric SUVs?


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Compared to internal combustion engine vehicles, the Mustang Mach-E appears to have average longevity based on its battery degradation rate. That being said, some electric SUVs with superior batteries are emerging. The Toyota bZ4X may not be the quickest electric SUV or have the most driving range, but its battery is unique.

Toyota built the bZ4X to withstand degradation caused by extreme temperatures. According to InsideEVs, the bZ4X will lose just 10% of its total battery capacity over a decade. This makes the bZ4X a competitor for the longest-lasting EV. The Mach-E may be more exciting, but the bZ4X appears to be much more practical over long periods of time.