The Mustang Mach-E completes its first year in the market this December, and around that time, Ford is likely to release a model year update. The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E is likely to offer an improved range over the 2021 model, which can do 305 miles (EPA est.) at best.
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. 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
Among the potential changes that could increase the Ford Mustang Mach-E’s range are weight reduction and battery efficiency improvement. Ford plans to introduce several other changes to the Mustang Mach-E in addition to improving the range. 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
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 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, with the current model getting the same change with an OTA software update.
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
In other recent relevant updates, Ford Mustang Mach-E GT deliveries in the U.S. have commenced. Ford planned to start selling the ultimate Mustang Mach-E in early fall 2021, but it is already delivering the first units to customers, a post from macheforum.com forum member 0t60-3.5 has revealed.
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