Hybrids & Electrics

Mustang Mach-E Has A Range Problem According To EPA

One of the biggest sales angles Ford has for the 2021 Mustang Mach E is its range. With the Extended Range option, the Mustang Mach E range is supposed to be 300 miles. But according to the EPA, that number is in doubt. Actually, it’s not in doubt so much as it is false. According to the EPA, the Mustang Mach E has a range problem.

From a Mach-E forum, EPA certification documents showing that the Extended Range option for the all-wheel-drive Mach-E can only muster 249 miles. With rear-wheel-drive only that bumps up to 288 miles. That’s not how the Mach-E was originally advertised by Ford.

During all of the hoopla and hype, Ford said the 300-mile range was solid

Mustang Mach-E | Ford

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During all of the hoopla and hype, Ford was saying the 300-mile range was rock solid. Once the EPA certification was leaked Ford followed up with a statement. It said, “We fully expect EPA-certified driving range estimates for the Mustang Mach-E will deliver the targets we have set. We will have more to share later this month.” True, these are not final estimates, only preliminary. Instead, these certification figures show the Mustang Mach-E’s adjusted range following the SAE J1634 Multi-Cycle Test.

So is all of this reason for concern? It may depend on which options you select. If you’re after extending the range of your Mach-E to 300 miles you may be interested or forced, depending on how you look at it, to the Mach-E California Route 1 trim. 

Not a lot of info is available for the California Route 1 trim figures but first, it is only available in rear-wheel-drive. Ford says that the California Route 1 option will focus on range extension. We know that it will share the Extended Range battery and other components, but there will be more to it. As of now we just don’t know what that “more” will be. 

The certification papers being preliminary we wait and put our trust in the marketing machine

A red Ford Mustang Mach-E approaches on a coastal roadway.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Ford

With these certification papers being preliminary we’ll have to wait and put our trust in the marketing machine behind Ford. It won’t allow the Extended Range figures to fall below 300 miles. We all know that is the magic number that all EVs have to hit in some form or another. Without the 300 mile figure, there’s no marketing zing. Also, it intensifies the whole range spectrum associated with the Mustang Mach-E. Spotlighting an entire compromised range does not bode well for Ford. So rest assured the Mach-E will hit the 300-mile cap.