We’re excited to get behind the wheel of Ford’s first purpose-built electric car. That’s the , if you haven’t been paying close attention. The hype behind the newest addition to the Mustang family is real, but early EPA range estimates have called into question an official range estimate with the magic number “3.”
Estimates documents heading toward certification with the EPA made their way online ahead of time, thanks to a member of the Mach-E forum on Monday. They show the electric car with the Extended Range option attached will go a maximum of 288 miles. That’s in rear-wheel drive form, mind you. The all-wheel drive version musters 250 miles. Ford originally aimed for at least 300 miles with RWD and 270 miles with AWD.
A Ford spokesperson told Roadshow in a statement, “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.” Indeed, the final certification process may reveal a different result and these are not final, published figures. Instead, they reveal the Mustang Mach-E’s adjusted range following the SAE J1634 Multi-Cycle Test.
Ford has pointed to 210 miles for the SUV when equipped with AWD and 230 miles with a RWD layout for the Standard Range model, but it remains to be seen how those will shake out. The EPA has not published any figures for the variant so far and Ford’s focused on first bringing the Extended Range to market.
If these figures do hold up, there’s one area where Ford may be able to ring in its widely publicized 300-mile range figure, however: the California Route 1 trim. We still don’t know how far the Mustang Mach-E California Route 1 trim will go, but Ford has always said the model, which only offers RWD, will be equipped for “max range.” It’s possible that even though it shares the Extended Range battery and running gear, it squeaks by with a higher range estimate thanks to other factors. We’ll have to wait and see how things pan out.
But, mileage varies with driving style, temperatures and other factors like HVAC usage. Owners may see a range higher than these estimates. Hell, weeasily without even trying once before; maybe we’ll do it again in a Mustang Mach-E when we have the pleasure of driving one.