All-electric cars have become pretty commonplace on the mainstream auto market over the past couple of years, so it’s easy to forget how new the concept of the electric vehicle actually is. In fact, the first all-electric vehicles hit the mainstream auto market just ten years ago in 2010. Some may be surprised by the move Ford made to create an electric Mustang.
The Ford Mustang has been around since the mid-1960s, and it hasn’t left the market since—which is a major testament both to the quality of the Mustang and the willingness of Ford to update and upgrade their vehicles to meet and even exceed ever-changing consumer expectations over the years.
Since the 1960s, the Ford Mustang has come a long way. For the 2021 model year, Ford has debuted their very first all-electric Mustang model—the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV. Here’s everything you need to know about the impressive 300-mile range of this brand-new, all-electric Mustang from Ford.
What is Range and Why is it So Important?
When it comes to electric vehicles, range tends to be a primary focus. In terms of electric cars, range refers to the estimated number of miles that a certain all-electric vehicle can travel before its battery runs out and it needs to be charged again.
Most drivers agree that range is one of the most important—if not the number-one most important—deciding factor for whether or not to purchase a certain electric vehicle or whether to choose an electric vehicle over a gas-powered or hybrid model at all.
The main reason for this focus on range is because it can be much more time-consuming and challenging to recharge an all-electric vehicle than it is to fill up a gas-powered or hybrid car at a gas station.
You can find a gas station on virtually every street corner. In the U.S. at least, it’s rare to end up more than a mile or two from the nearest gas station where you can fill up your car and get on the road again. Public charging stations for all-electric vehicles are much, much more difficult to find. To put this major discrepancy in terms of numbers, there are more than 165,000 gas stations in the U.S. and there are only about 25,000 public charging stations throughout the entire country.
Drivers understandably want to feel secure with the knowledge that they are able to make longer trips in their all-electric car without having to worry about finding a public charging station and waiting for their car to recharge after driving a small number of miles. As of 2020, the lowest-range electric vehicles offered about 100 miles of range, while a few of the highest-range models could travel 300 miles or more on a single battery charge. The average range for modern all-electric vehicles that debuted for the 2021 model year is about 200 miles.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV Range
The range of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV is among the highest of all-electric vehicles on the auto market. Its range varies slightly between about 210 to 300 miles—depending on which model you choose.
The 2021 Mach-E is available with two different battery packs—a 75.7kWh pack or a 98.9kWh battery pack. The extended-range 2021 Mach-E model equipped with rear-wheel drive has an incredibly impressive range of up to 300 miles. The extended-range all-wheel-drive model averages a 270-mile range; the standard-range rear-wheel-drive model has a range of up to 230 miles, and the standard-range all-wheel-drive model has the lowest—yet still impressive—range of approximately 210 miles.
Overall, the all-new Mustang Mach-E models offer some of the highest ranges on the modern all-electric vehicle market. If you’re in the market for an all-electric vehicle, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV should definitely be at the top of your list.
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