Ford announced on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 that its first electric vehicle (EV) a long range sports utility vehicle (SUV) inspired by its Mustang model will be able to travel more than 300 miles with only a single charge.
Last year at the Detroit Auto Show, attendees were given a peek at Ford’s first all electric car and since then under the code name ‘Mach 1,’ it has been in development with a scheduled debut in 2020.
Ford has previously marketed shorter range EVs in its Focus hatchbacks as well as its Ranger trucks, but since 2017 it has boasted of producing its first mass-market EV with more than a 300 mile travel range and it looks like it will do that.
The actual mileage its still-unnamed EV will have is 370 miles or 600 kilos which is based on Europe’s Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).
In 2018 the WLTP standard was created to assist in the evaluation of energy usage of every car including EVs. Although the WLTP standards are strict, they are not as strict as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States and its estimates are more typically optimistic than the EPA.
The EPA has not yet arrived at an estimate and its evaluations are not based on the WLTP. For instance, the WLTP gave the Jaguar I-Pace a rating of 292 miles but ended up with a rating of 240 miles from the EPA. So, with that ratio, Ford’s new EV could end up with a 300 mile estimate rather than more than 370 miles the company says it can do.
In either case, anything above 300 miles will place Ford close to the top range of the EV leaders. Currently, the only company that sells EVs with more than a 300 mile range on a single charge is Tesla. Other companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Jaguar, Hyundai, and Kia have EVs on the market whose travel range is poised between 200 miles and 260 miles.
Who’s leading the crop of EVs will have its change when Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle, the Taycan, is released in 2020 as well as when other major automakers join in and begin to develop their drivetrain technology for their EV cars.
Ford is investing more than $10 billion into its EV lineup and even though the company has been criticized for not keeping up with its competitors in the EV market, the Mustang-inspired EV is looking like it will be well worth the wait.