The week started on a high note for Ford as the automaker made public the final EPA estimates for nearly all the variants of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, which is the company's first all-electric vehicle offering. The tests confirmed that the electrified Mustang can cover up to 300 miles of driving in a single charge with the proper specifications.
When souped-up with rear-wheel drive and paired with an extended-range battery pack, the maximum reach earlier pegged by Ford for the Mustang Mach-E is certainly achievable, and this is true for the trims of the EV that will hit the road with premium price tags.
As for the standard models, the range hovers between 210 and 230 miles, which were the numbers initially advertised by Ford and now affirmed by EPA estimates. Of note, the Mustang Mach-E in all-wheel drive and with extended-range battery option can reach a high of 270 miles, understandable for the extra energy effort required from the vehicle model.
Overall, the EPA assessment checks out with Ford's estimates and as noted by CNET, the final verdict serves to erase the doubt created by the earlier test results issued by the government agency. It's now clear that the SUV will perform as envisioned by Ford and the relevant regulator validated that claim.
The EPA is still testing the California Route 1 version of the Mustang Mach-E but the results are expected to be favorable. It will be a build of the Mustang SUV that will punch through the 300-mile range threshold.
Ford characterized the EPA ratings as validation of its efforts and the company said the results of the government testing came out at a perfect time. The automaker is making the big push for the Mustang Mach-E to soon hit the road, where the real feel of the reinvented brand is going to take place.
Driving the Mustang Mach-E should be welcome as the numbers show that Ford's first all-electric vehicle remains the inferior competition of the Tesla Model Y. According to Electrek, the upcoming Mustang SUV seems no match to the Tesla crossover when efficiency is the crux vehicle showdown.
When going by the EPA test results, Tesla's bet is the runaway winner but as the same report pointed out, the numbers alone will not tell the whole story. The real driving experience in the open road will determine how truly the Mustang Mach-E will stack up against the competition.
To be sure, Ford can still implement the necessary tweaks that will make the SUV perform to its designed optimal level, and having powerful packs, such as 68kWh for the standard range and 88kWh for the extended range, is already a good start for the 2021 Mustang Mach-E.