Ford Claims Long-Range BEV Summer Holidays a Reality

Ford is claiming its all-electric performance SUV, the Mustang Mach-E, has the range capability to silence critics of BEV transport.

Based on its official WLTP rating, the car could handle long range European holiday trips from Scotland to Land’s End, Bern in Switzerland to the historic Italian port city of Genoa, or from Madrid to the exclusive Spanish beaches of Marbella. It says owners of the Mustang Mach-E could make these, and many other, capital-to-coast trips on a single charge.

Of course, a cynic might point to the fact that the range claims are for summer holiday weather whereas a mid-winter run could have a different result. Nonetheless, the Mustang Mach-E is a Guinness world record holder for a trip between John O’Groats and Land’s End. The record-breaking performance on Britain’s most lengthy road journey required just two stop stops of less than 45 minutes for charging. Leaving John O’Groats on full charge, the 840 miles to Land’s End required only two main charging stops at Wigan, in Northwest England, and Cullompton, Devon.

Assuming the car’s owners have some of the economical driving skills of Ford’s professional test drivers, Ford claims that, even from Prague in the land-locked Czech Republic, Mustang Mach-E could transport a family non-stop to the trendy Szczecin Beach around 310 miles north in Poland. Also, with a targeted pure-electric driving range of more than 370 miles it would arrive with range to spare. This range is backed up by the FordPass Charging Network which offers compatible charging stations at accessible coastal resorts around Europe.

Roelant de Waard, general manager, passenger Vehicles, Ford of Europe, said: “After such a tough 2020 many of us will be excited to get out and explore Europe this summer and the Mustang Mach-E is the perfect vehicle to do that with. The impressive driving range helps continue the Mustang’s long association of road trips and freedom, while adding the extra benefit of zero emission driving.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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