The Ford Mustang Mach-E Electric SUV: The Complete Guide For India

Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 75 - 98 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 273 - 379 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


Electric Cars: The Basics


For those of you new to zero-emission electric driving, we recommend a read of the following articles:

For those keen on an overview of the Indian electric vehicle (EV) market and the different types of electric vehicles (EVs), simply scroll down to the end of the article!


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The Ford Mustang Mach-E Electric SUV


The all-electric SUV was launched to much pomp and show in LA in November 2019.  Determined to show its confidence, Ford chose an aircraft hangar close to the operations of SpaceX for the launch. SpaceX is another undertaking by the Tesla co-founder Elon Musk.

This is the first non-sports car to use the Mustang marque. The name has been inspired from the Mach 1 variant of the first-generation Mustang. The all-electric SUV Mach-e went on sale in December 2020 and has already won the prestigious North American SUV of the Year Award. The Mach-e is manufactured at the Ford plant in Mexico but is also expected to be manufactured in China. The pure electric five-door Ford SUV is built on a brand-new EV architecture (Global Electrified 1: GE 1).  

Ford is hoping to build success on the legacy of the Mustang internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle. Though the price is higher than other cheaper electric SUV’s, the build quality, specifications, interior space and electric performance of the Mach-e SUV does make it a good choice for consumers seeking to migrate to zero-emission electric driving.

The pure electric SUV is available in two EV battery options: 75 kWh (Standard Range) and 98 kWh (Extended Range). For the rear-wheel drive (RWD) entry-level variant, the manufacturer claims a pure electric range up to 273 miles for the 75 kWh battery, and up to 379 miles for the 98 kWh battery. Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the EV range for both battery options is decent.

For the 75 kWh, expect a real-world emission-free electric range up to 230 miles and for the 98 kWh expect a realistic EV range closer to 340 miles. Either way, both electric ranges can be leveraged for motorway driving and of course, for shorter urban commutes.

For the higher priced variants, the Mustang Mach-e AWD and the Mustang Mach-e GT, the claimed range for the the 98 kWh is 335 miles and 310 miles respectively. The AWD variant is also available in two EV battery sizes, while the GT variant is only available in the 98 kWh extended range option.

The EV is capable of DC rapid charging. The standard range can be charged up to 115 kW, while the extended range can be charged up to 150 kW. Put another way, for every 10 minutes of DC charging, up to 56 miles can be added for the standard range and up to 73 miles for the extended range. The standard range can be charged 10%-80% in 38 minutes, while the extended range can be charged up to 80% in 45 minutes.

Though the EV has a 11 kW onboard charger, given that most homes in India are powered by single-phase power supply, expect the standard range to be fully charged in 11 hours via a dedicated residential EV charger, like easee. For the extended range, charging will take up to 14 hours. We at e-zoomed recommend charging an electric car overnight, when the electricity rates are cheaper.

In terms of performance, the Mustang all-electric SUV does not disappoint. The all-wheel drive GT can achieve 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds. Impressive, given the size of the onboard EV battery and the total weight of the electric vehicle. For the entry-level, rear-wheel drive (RWD) with the standard range EV battery, 0-62 mph can be achieved in 6.9 seconds. The top speed for the RWD and AWD variants is 111 mph, while for the GT variant is 124 mph. Of course, the EV also benefits from instant torque.

In terms of interior quality, equipment and technology, the EV has much to offer, to include: 10.2″ digital cluster & 15.5″ touch screen, lane keeping aid, lane departure warning, rear view camera, e-latch keyless entry system, pre-collision assist, cross traffic alert, hands-free tailgate, intelligent adaptive cruise control and more. The EV has a front trunk (81 L) and offers a 402 L boot space.

The Ford Mustang electric SUV is not available in India.


PROS CONS
Good electric range and performanceCheaper electric SUV alternatives available
Two EV battery size optionsTowing capacity limited (750 kg)
11 kW onboard charger as standardNot all variants come with 150 kW DC charging

The All-Electric Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV (credit: Ford)


Driving an electric vehicle (EV) is cheaper than driving a petrol or diesel vehicle. As an example, in India, filling a full tank of fuel for the internal combustion engine (ICE) Tata Nexon SUV will cost up to Rs 5,000 (assuming an average cost per litre of Rs 100. The Tata Nexon has a fuel tank capacity of 44 L).

In comparison, the Tata Nexon Pure Electric SUV will cost less than Rs 300 for a full EV battery charge (EV Battery size: 30.2 kWh). In India, the average cost for residential electricity is between Rs 5 to Rs 10 per kWh(unit). Therefore the cost to drive per km (or mile) in a pure electric vehicle is substantially lower than a petrol or diesel vehicle.

At an average one can expect a cost per km of Rs 1 for a zero-emission EV, while for an equivalent petrol or diesel vehicle, the cost per km could be up to Rs 7 per km. The annual cost savings achieved by switching to electric driving is significant!


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Engine:Electric
Available In India:No

Trims (3 Options)
RWD
AWD
GT

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 75 kWh/ 98 kWh
Charging:Up to 150 kW DC rapid charging. Onboard charger: 11 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1624
Width (mm):1881
Length (mm):4713
Wheelbase (mm):2984
Turning Circle (m):11.6
Boot Space (L):402

Mustang Mach-E RWD (Standard Range)
EV Battery Capacity:75 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):273 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):17.2
Charging:115 kW DC charging (10%-80%: 38 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 11 hrs)
Top Speed:111 mph
0-62 mph:6.9 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):198
Max Power (PS):269
Torque (Nm):430
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,218
Colours:8
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Mustang Mach-E RWD (Extended Range)
EV Battery Capacity:98 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):379 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):16.5
Charging:150 kW DC charging (10%-80%: 45 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 14 hrs)
Top Speed:111 mph
0-62 mph:7.0 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):216
Max Power (PS):294
Torque (Nm):430
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,218
Colours:8
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

India Electric Vehicle (EV) Market


India, like many other countries, is well positioned to benefit from the shift to zero-tailpipe emission electric driving. Road transportation is a major contributor to air pollution (over 30%), choking our towns, cities and villages across India. Diesel vehicles, in particular, diesel trucks and diesel buses, are significant sources for tailpipe emissions. But given the rise in the standard of living, since liberalisation, the demand for privately owned passenger cars has increased at an unprecedented pace, further worsening the air quality. India has more than 3 crores (30 million) cars releasing tailpipe emissions on its roads!

Though we have seen some improvements in air quality during the ongoing pandemic (as a result of lower vehicle traffic), India’s shift to electric driving will be key in achieving long-term higher air quality. Of course, apart from EVs, the continued development of green and renewable energy infrastructure will be key in achieving lower long-term air pollution. India has already demonstrated global leadership in regards to large-scale solar and wind projects! Hopefully, India will replicate the success with zero-emission electric vehicles.

Despite recent announcements and support from local and national government agencies in India, the EV market is still at a nascent stage, well, at least in terms of electric cars and electric vans. Two-wheel electric scooters and three-wheel electric rickshaws (e-rickshaws) have demonstrated a strong uptake, and India is poised to become a global leader in electric scooters and electric rickshaws (e-tuk). In fact, the ubiquitous e-rickshaw commands an impressive 83% of the Indian electric vehicle market. India currently has over 15 lakhs (1.5 million) e-rickshaws, with each EV playing a role in reducing tailpipe emissions on our roads in India.

Sales of passenger electric cars is still at an early stage. In FY2021, though the market witnessed a growth of nearly 110% from the previous year, the absolute volume of cars sold was only 5,905 electric cars. Currently there are less that 15 pure electric car models available on sale in India.

Tata Motors, the biggest automotive manufacturer in India has launched the Tata Nexon electric SUV. Mahindra Electric, another leading Indian automotive manufacturer, has also launched a number of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs), to include, the Mahindra eVerito electric car, Mahindra eSupro electric van and Mahindra e2o Plus compact electric car. International manufacturers, like UK based MG Motors, have also launched the MG ZS electric SUV in India. Also available are the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE SUV and the Hyundai Kona electric SUV.


Types Of Electric Vehicles (EVs)


Electric vehicle” is an umbrella term, and a broad one at that. There are a number of different types of electric vehicles (EVs), each with its distinct characteristics and advantages. These include:

  • BEVs: Battery-electric vehicles (pure electric)
  • PHEVs: Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (electric and internal combustion engine (ICE) combined)
  • MHEVs: Mild hybrid electric vehicles (internal combustion engine (gasoline or diesel) along with regenerative braking)
  • FCEVs: Fuel cell electric vehicle (electric with hydrogen as fuel)

The above “types” are powered either entirely or partially by electric energy and have different environmental impacts.


Battery-Electric Vehicles (BEVs)


Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), also known as pure electric vehicles, are powered entirely by electricity (i.e. the vehicle does not have a conventional internal combustion engine). BEVs have zero-tailpipe emissions and help improve local air quality.

BEVs are also very economical to drive. A BEV can cost as little as Rs 50 per 100 kilometres to drive. Examples of best-selling EVs include, the all-electric Tesla Model 3 and the all-electric Renault Zoe. A BEV is charged by plugging in the electric vehicle to a dedicated electric car charging station (home or public charging stations). BEVs are well suited for those living in towns, cities and urban centres. Of course, battery-electric vehicles are also suitable for those living in rural settings.


Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)


Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) differ from battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), in that, PHEVs use both a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric engine for propulsion. Plug-in hybrid vehicles combine the advantages of electric driving and internal combustion engine driving.

On shorter distances, the PHEV uses the electric mode to drive emission-free, using the on-board EV battery and regenerative braking. For longer distances, the plug-in hybrid electric vehicles switches to using the internal combustion engine. With a PHEV, the vehicle can cost as little Rs 50 per 100 kilometres to drive on e-mode, without any tailpipe pollution, and also be driven long-distances, without the fear of range anxiety! Most PHEVs have an EV battery of up to 15 kWh and can achieve a zero-emission electric range of up to 50 kilometres. No wonder PHEVs are fast becoming popular globally, with much potential or India. Like a BEV, the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is charged by using an external power source (EV charging point) for charging.

PHEVs are suitable for those that drive long-distances on a regular basis but want to lower the negative environmental impact from tailpipe pollution. PHEVs are also suitable for those individuals and families that are seeking to save money by taking advantage of electric driving. The Volvo XC40 PHEV and the Volkswagen Golf 8 are good examples of PHEVs.


Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEVs)


Mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEVs) are a limited form of electric driving. These vehicles also use hybrid technologies (electric driving and internal combustion engine), but the EV battery is much smaller than a BEV or PHEV. Moreover, in a mild hybrid, the EV battery cannot be charged via an external source (i.e. EV charging station). In a MHEV, the battery is charged by capturing the energy released during braking, a process known as regenerative braking. MHEVs have lower tailpipe emissions, and are more economical to own, run and maintain than petrol and diesel cars. MHEVs are a better option than a petrol or diesel car, but not as good an option as a BEV or PHEV. Mild hybrids are well suited for those living in regions with limited charging infrastructure. Again, MHEVs have great potential in India, given the limited public EV charging infrastructure.

The Toyota Prius is a good example of a mild hybrid electric vehicle.


Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs)


Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) also called hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, have a fuel cell stack that uses hydrogen to generate the electricity needed to power the electric vehicle. The fuel cell generates electricity and pure water vapour that can escape via the tailpipe. It is capable of generating electricity as long as there is a steady supply of hydrogen. Fuel cell electric vehicles can be refuelled with hydrogen at purpose built filling stations. Filling an FEC takes no more than five minutes.

FCEVs have a range of about 500 kilometers or more between refueling. Today, the only and major limitation is the very limited hydrogen refuelling station network globally. The Toyota Mirai FCEV is a good example of this type of EV.


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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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