By on April 3, 2019

Image: Ford

We subjected you to yet another mention of Ford’s upcoming electric crossover this morning, but there’s now a new tidbit of information to share about the green machine that’s due out in 2020, likely carrying the Mach-E (or Mach E) name.

While the automaker stated in the past that it wants a 300-mile range for the vehicle, Ford now suggest owners will be able to drive further than that.

During an electrified vehicle introduction bonanza held in Amsterdam Tuesday, the automaker made mention of the future Mexican-built crossover. The model will boast 370 miles of range on the European WLTP cycle, Ford claims.

While the exact American conversion is hazy, EPA ratings typically come in a little lower than WTLP figures. The best guesses out there are 320 to 330 miles of all-electric driving.

Put another way, that’s more than enough to cover the ground between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia without stopping. The same goes for Detroit to Chicago, Chicago to St. Louis, New York City to Washington DC, New York to Boston, Atlanta to Charlotte, and Dallas to Houston or Oklahoma City.

Of course, several factors will conspire to reduce that range. Highway driving comes with increased aerodynamic drag and reduced regenerative braking, meaning your flat-out interstate drive will return fewer miles before the need to recharge. Running the A/C or heater? That’s another draw. Cold weather will see the vehicle’s battery put forth less range, too.

Still, for a nation addicted to gasoline and fearful of being stranded in remote places inhabited by predatory monsters, every mile Ford can add to its marketing materials will help the company’s green cause — and the EV’s sales.

[Image: Ford]

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26 Comments on “Ford Promises a Very Long-range EV Next Year...”


  • avatar

    Realize that Ford have sold a very round number of all electric vehicles this year. Zero.

    Their green creds are in retrograde action. Focus EV is dead.

    You can’t drive a press release.

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      you’d probably find Electrek more to your liking.

    • 0 avatar
      MoDo

      I agree they have been down this rabbit hole before and all of their attempts failed. Right now however, the other EV companies are trying to use range as the cost meter. The cheap ones will be limited and the luxury ones will be the longest. If Ford can produce an affordable and good looking EV with “luxury level range” then they will have tossed a monkey wrench into Tesla and VAG’s business model. On the flip side, if they try asking 80K for this thing then it will fail just as hard as their other EV’s and hybrids have.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    “During an electrified vehicle introduction bonanza held in Amsterdam Tuesday, the automaker made mention of the future Mexican-built crossover. The model will boast 370 miles of range on the European WTLP cycle, Ford claims.”

    Sounds like it will have a pretty large battery pack – will that require that it use run-flat tires, eliminating a storage area for a spare tire? the smugglers gotta have some place to hide the marijuana.

  • avatar
    NeilM

    Yeah, no problem. Fill up the whole back end of the vehicle with more batteries and you can have almost all the range you want. Drawbacks? Well, you can’t have everything, at least not at the same time.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    The Mach E actually sounds Latin. Deus ex machina- The machine produces a god.

  • avatar
    FAHRVERGNUGEN

    Until the car is built, all the plans are in paper, MachE.

  • avatar
    SPPPP

    “How much you want to make a bet I can drive an EV over them mountains? Yeah.” -Uncle Rico

  • avatar
    Kendahl

    So Ford’s Mach-E, if it’s built and performs as well as they claim, can go from Pittsburg to Philadelphia, etc. without recharging. That doesn’t do me, or anyone else in flyover country, any good. It can go from Omaha to Kansas City (180 miles) but needs a recharge to get home again. It can’t reach Denver (540 miles), Minneapolis (380 miles), Chicago (470 miles), Saint Louis (435 miles) or Oklahoma City (460 miles). Those are the distances I need to cover. Ford needs to double the range or cut recharge time to a few minutes. The latter is the better solution since I once did Elko, Nevada to Omaha (1,200 miles) in one stint.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      I was watching a review of a new Pacifica Touring L and realized that the fuel tank size plus highway fuel economy made a 500 mile run within the realm of possibility. If I could just get my wife over her minivan phobia.

      I know I’ve only got 2 kids but that’s a heck of a road trip range.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Never mind; you wouldn’t want to pay for the battery required to cover those distances, anyway.

      Even if Ford doubles the range, it won’t make the 1200-mile run you mentioned, further disqualifying it. And, since Omaha gets cold, that 1200-mile run will actually require a 2400-mile range just to make it in the winter. Then, you’ll discover there are no chargers in the world fast enough to fill it in minutes, and no battery technology capable of handling that.

      Your straw-man range requirements aren’t typical of the driving population, even those in flyover country. They disqualify EV ownership for you, but not for the majority of others’ driving needs. Perhaps you’ll be a candidate for the Tesla Semi (without a trailer, of course).

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      I forgot, any time the topic is EVs suddenly everyone in the United States is a cross-country furniture delivery person who drives 500 miles one way every day.

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      That’s OK.

      EVs don’t have to be all things to all people.

      If half of the drivers in the US switch to EVs, every geopolitical and environmental problem gets easier (except greening the power grid).

      If your personal use-case works better on gasoline, nobody’s making you switch. My personal use-case works better with an EV or PHEV.

      • 0 avatar
        Kendahl

        Luke42: Until we get recharging rates up to at least 25 miles per minute, PHEV is the solution. Local trips can be made on the battery with no worry about getting stranded and the same vehicle works for long trips. The Volt beats the Bolt in everything but load capacity.

  • avatar
    Menar Fromarz

    Well, I for one will be looking for the “Avellian” trim option.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “Ford Promises a Very Long-range EV Next Year”

    “Very” implies something more than the range Tesla already offers today. This isn’t it. Maybe the fact that it’s to be a crossover matters.

  • avatar
    amca

    Lack of regenerative braking on the highway does not reduce range. Regen doesn’t create energy (and range). It only recaptures some (about 70%) of energy that’s already been expended. 30% of the potential energy is lost.

    Your best efficiency and range comes from as little braking as possible.

    I note it’s to be a crossover, which itself is big efficiency hit. Crossovers sit tall, with a larger frontal area that a car height vehicle. Double the frontal area means double the aerodynamic drag. And aerodynamics is a huge factor in efficiency, particularly at high speeds.

  • avatar
    John

    You LOST ME, at Mexican Made. No thanks I’ll just confirm the Order for the Tesla Y, in 2021.

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    Ford really is turning into Tesla.

    Poor, low quality products and press releases the over promise.

    Much like with Ford’s fuel economy figures the real world range will be far less than what they’re going to tell us.

    The fact is, silly EVs have a very long way to go before they are ready for mainstream use. When they choose to make an EV that costs $15k and has a 500+ mile range and can be refilled in five minutes with enough power to travel another 500+ miles then people will take them seriously.

    But right now the whole point of electric cars is to give people who have lots of money a reason to be smug, arrogant a-holes. Right now they are just a fashion accessory.

    • 0 avatar
      ToolGuy

      EBFlex,

      When I drove EV’s it was because I *didn’t* have a lot of money to spend on fuel. The decision was based on a pure cost-benefit analysis. I thought the cars I drove were ugly (because mainstream carmakers insist on making their EV’s look like a science project) – so it wasn’t driven by ‘fashion’ and I don’t think it made me any more smug or arrogant than usual. I did enjoy the torque and the low center of gravity.

      The range break-point is different for everyone. For me, paying for and hauling around a 500+ mile battery pack wouldn’t make sense (this would be my commuting vehicle, not the road trip vehicle). For me the ideal range would be around 150 miles real-world – this would let me recharge every few days and not really think about range or state of charge.

      Agreed that if you get an EV and drive it only 20 miles a week, it’s an accessory – you have to drive it enough to make the fuel savings work.

      (I got in the habit of *not* constantly topping off by the way – at 100% state of charge the regen can’t work and you put more wear on the brake pads.)


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