2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E offers improved range & features [Update]

The Mustang Mach-E completes a year in the market this month, and just in time for the anniversary, Ford is rolling out the first model year update. Here’s the list of expectations from Ford’s incoming electric SUV.

Improved Range

The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E’s standard-range (SR) and extended-range (ER) battery packs have usable capacities of 70 kWh and 91 kWh, respectively, up from 68 kWh and 88 kWh, respectively, of the original Mustang Mach-E. Ford says in the order guide (via macheforum.com) that it has “improved usable capacity,” which means that it hasn’t introduced new battery packs, and so, these should have the same gross energy content of 75.7 kWh and 98.8 kWh, respectively.

Except for the GT and GT Performance Edition trims, the Mustang Mach-E’s range has improved across the line-up. The base, Select (SR) AWD configuration has seen the biggest improvement of 27 miles. The California Route 1 ER RWD configuration continues being the range-king, now delivering an increased range (+ 9 miles) of 314 miles. A new California Route 1 ER AWD configuration is also available now, which can travel up to 312 miles on a full charge. All these range figures are EPA estimates.

Configuration2021 Mustang Mach-E Range2022 Mustang Mach-E Range
Select SR RWD230 miles247 miles
Select SR AWD211 miles224 miles
Premium SR RWD230 miles247 miles
Premium SR AWD211 miles224 miles
Premium ER RWD300 miles303 miles
Premium ER AWD270 miles277 miles
First Edition ER AWD270 milesNot Available
California Route 1 ER RWD305 miles314 miles
California Route 1 ER AWDNot Available312 miles
GT ER AWD270 miles270 miles
GT Performance Edition ER AWD260 miles260 miles
Ford Mustang Mach-E EPA-est. range figures. Source: Ford

Donna Dickson, who took over Ron Heiser’s Mustang Mach-E Chief Engineer position at Ford this year, talked about the range and various other aspects of the EV with YouTube channel Munro Live, in August 2021. She suggested that the Mustang Mach-E will see range improvements with every model year update.

We have actions planned. It’s year-over-year improvement. So, we’ll go and get additional range improvements, actions coming in for ’22, we have more coming in for ’23, and more coming in for ’24.

Donna Dickson, Mustang Mach-E Chief Engineer, Ford

In addition to increasing the usable energy content, the potential changes for improved range could include weight reduction and battery efficiency improvement. The company will get rid of the automatic transmission parking pawl, which would reduce the cost and weight, switch to a single coolant reservoir from currently two, and replace rubber hoses with plastic lines that are thinner and lighter.

We know we have to get some weight out to better those numbers and take other actions, like better battery efficiency numbers.

Donna Dickson, Mustang Mach-E Chief Engineer, Ford

Equipment changes

Ford has brought several equipment changes to the Mustang Mach-E for 2022. The company has introduced a new Iced Blue Silver Metallic paint option and made the First Edition’s Grabber Blue Metallic and GT’s Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat colors available across the range. It has added heated front seats and steering wheel to the standard features of the California Route 1 trim.

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E Ice White Edition
The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E range includes a new Ice White Edition. It’s an optional package that customers add to the Premium trim. Image Source: Ford

There’s a new Ice White package, available optionally on the Premium trim. Exterior features of this optional package include Star White Metallic Tri-Coat paint 19-inch wheels with Oxford White-painted pockets, Star White-painted wheel lip moldings and ORVM caps, Oxford White front door badging, and Oxford White Pony badges. The interior follows the special theme with Light Space Gray seats, dual center armrest, and door armrests, Gloss White dashboard insert, and Unique Oxford White steering wheel Pony badge.

Extended fast-charging

Darren Palmer, the general manager of Ford’s BEV division, said during the InsideEVs Podcast (via InsideEVs) on September 17, 2021, that the company will improve fast charging in the Mustang Mach-E. Currently, like in most EVs, DC fast-charging stops at 80% to prolong the battery pack’s life. Ford suggests that customers unplug the DC fast-charger at that point (80% SoC) and use a normal charger instead. Even if the customer still plugs the vehicle into a DC fast-charger, the charging rate reduces to about 12 kW.

Palmer indicated that the fast-charging cap might go up from 80% SoC to 90% SoC in the future. This could be a part of the MY2022 update. The current model is already getting the same change with an OTA software update. macheforum.com member Cherlin’s 2021 Mustang Mach-E has received a ’21P22′ software update that after which it is fast-charging on direct current even beyond 80% SoC, up to 90% SoC. A picture posted on the forum shows the 2021 Mustang Mach-E charging at 45 kW when the charging level is 85%.

We recommend limiting the amount of DC charges, and ending DC charges at 80% state of charge as charging between 80 and 100% can incur high charging costs due to the time to completion. Frequent use of DC charging could result in reducing your battery’s efficiency and lifespan. This is more pronounced on the standard range battery pack versus the extended range battery pack.

Ford’s recommendation for DC fast-charging in the 2021 Mustang Mach-E

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E Price

The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E was initially available to order with prices starting at USD 42,895. However, there was a price hike across the range recently.

TrimOld Base MSRPNew Base MSRP
SelectUSD 42,895USD 43,895
California Route 1USD 50,775USD 52,775
PremiumUSD 48,100USD 49,100
GTUSD 59,995USD 61,995
GT PerformanceUSD 64,995USD 67,995
2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E prices for the U.S. market

Sales

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is one of the best-selling electric vehicles in the U.S. market, but it has some way to go before it can catch Tesla. The Mustang Mach-E ranks second in sales in the pure electric SUV segment in the U.S. this year, with the Tesla Model Y taking the top spot. The company has sold 24,791 units of the Mustang Mach-E in the country between January and November 2021. In November 2021 specifically, it shipped 3,088 units of the first-ever Mustang SUV in its home market.

James Farley Jr., President and CEO, Ford, said during the Q3 2021 earnings conference call that the company forecasts a global demand of 200,000 units per year for the Mustang Mach-E. There’s a shortage of batteries, but the company could source them for China to meet the high demand. On December 11, 2021, Farley Jr. said in a Tweet that Ford will increase production of the Mustang Mach-E to meet the “incredible demand.” It is expecting the annual production for North America and Europe to increase to 200,000 units by 2023, three times the 2021 output.

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