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Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended Range AWD – long-term review

£57,030/£58,180 as tested / £1502 PCM
Published: 11 Mar 2022
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SPEC HIGHLIGHTS

  • SPEC

    Extended Range AWD

  • Range

    335 miles

  • ENGINE

    1cc

  • BHP

    351bhp

  • 0-62

    5.8s

Life with a Mustang Mach-E: is the EV charging network really that bad?

Let’s talk about electric car charging, because – unpopular opinion incoming – I don’t know why there’s so much doom and gloom about the UK infrastructure? It’s not perfect, but all around me I see progress. Perhaps I’m just a weirdly optimistic sort of person.

I realise that electric cars just simply don’t work for some people – if you live in a block of flats, or out in the sticks things can get tricky – and buying one with a decent range like the Mustang isn’t cheap, but I’m convinced that for the majority of us using an EV is less hassle than you imagine.

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Being able to charge at home is the golden donut. Get that sorted and starting every day with a full battery is half the battle won. If you’ve got off-street parking, get a 7kW charger installed, if you don’t then all’s not lost. I live in a terraced house, but stretch my cord across the pavement and cover it with a mat – works for me and no complaints so far. If you live in a big town or city you’ll notice lamppost chargers popping up all over the place, too, my London-dwelling colleague Paul Horrell swears by them. If you’re back at the office, perhaps there’s a plug you can use in the car park? If not, have a word with your boss.

Yes, but what about longer journeys? Clearly it helps that our Mach-E has the big battery (real-world range of 280 miles in the summer, 210 in the winter) but for me this is where it gets fun. Firstly, I live in South London and travelling to places 100 miles away or less, so no need to charge for the round-trip, covers 95 per cent of my journeys. For the other 10 per cent, I simply spend some time planning ahead, usually on Zap Map because when do you ever take a 200+ mile journey without knowing at least a few days in advance where you’re heading? Rarely, if ever.

Spend five minutes finding a rapid charger near your destination or along the route that actually function – there are certain networks that are not to be trusted, others that work every time – and you’ll be fine. In fact, you’ll be better than fine, expect a warm glow of achievement to follow you around for a bit. Of course, if we’re talking a mega-miles road trip, then the risk of something going wrong increases, but with a bit more planning it’s entirely doable. If I can make it from London to the Scottish Highlands and back without trouble in a VW ID.3, anything’s possible.

I’m not here to push electric cars on those who aren’t interested, but I am a little fed up with this blanket view that the infrastructure isn’t ready. It’s getting there, if you’re prepared to put the effort in.

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