Ford says that its all-new Mustang Mach-E comes equipped with an Intelligent Range option that predicts how much range drivers have left that becomes more exact in use. It uses past driving behavior, weather forecasts and crowd-sourced data from other Mustang Mach-E vehicles to learn. (All-Electric Ford Mustang Mach-E ‘SUV’ Debuts in 2020)
The vehicle battery system reports how much energy is available, while the powertrain module tracks how much energy is being used. Warmer or colder weather can impact range, so Intelligent Range takes that into consideration, too, updating estimated range along the way.
“Electric vehicle customers need to be able to trust their range estimates,” said Darren Palmer, Ford global director, battery electric vehicles. “People want to be confident they’re going to make it where they need to go, whether they’re on a road trip or coming home from work.”
The all-electric SUV can track how much energy is used in different circumstances, including varying speed, terrain and climate conditions, so it can use fleet averages across all Mustang Mach-Es (whose owners trust sharing their data) to improve range estimates, including routes and situations an individual customer has never driven before.
If range is impacted notably by any number of factors at the start of a trip, customers will receive a notification in their cluster highlighting the new range estimate and details about why the estimate changed.
In case a Mustang Mach-E does run out of charge, the Ford Roadside Assistance program will tow customers free of charge to where they want within 35 miles – whether that be their home, the nearest public charger or an EV-certified Ford dealership.
If a customer’s home, the nearest charge station or dealership is more than 35 miles away, they will be taken to the closest location available.
*Optional roadside assistance is included for certain owners and available to everyone for a per-service fee.
**Actual range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health.