As the Ford Mustang Mach-E prepares for its first deliveries in the UK this coming spring, Ford has effectively tripled the size of the charging network available to drivers of the automaker’s first-ever all-electric crossover. Ford is expanding its long-standing business partnership with bp by adding pulse – the biggest public charging network in the UK – to the Ford Pass charging network. The move, which will take place ahead of the UK Mustang Mach-E launch, increases Ford’s charging network from almost 3,000 charge points to around 9,500.
Ford Mustang Mach-E drivers can use FordPass to locate, navigate to, monitor, and pay for charging at over 6,600 charge points in the UK belonging to the new bp pulse network. Mach-E owners will enjoy one year of free bp pulse access, including a rapidly growing number of high-power 150kW DC chargers, 50kW DC chargers, and almost 6,000 7kW AC points.
The tripling of Ford’s charging network size provides reassurance to offset one of the main concerns about switching to electric – range anxiety. The Mach-E is also capable of mitigating those concerns with its intelligent range calculations, drawing on live data to produce as accurate an available range display as possible, even taking into account weather conditions along the route and using data collected from other Mustang Mach-Es.
Additionally, Mach-E drivers get a free one-year subscription to Ionity’s ultra-fast chargers at 15 sites in the UK and five in Ireland. For at-home charging, Ford offers its Ford Connected Wallbox for all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle customers, which delivers up to five times the charging power of a typical domestic socket.
“Starting in 2021, the exciting Mustang Mach-E will accelerate Ford’s progress towards electrified engines accounting for more than half of our car sales by the end of 2022,” said Mark Harvey, Ford’s European enterprise connectivity director. “Key to this roll-out is the supporting infrastructure available to Ford customers, and today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to match more electrified vehicles with enough locations to charge them.”
The high-performance Mustang Mach-E, equipped with an extended-range battery and all-wheel drive, will do 0-62 miles-per-hour in 5.1 seconds and will return a targeted WLTP pure electric driving range of up to 335 miles, while the rear-wheel-drive Mach-E has a 379-mile WLTP range. The UK Mustang Mach-E launch is currently scheduled for spring, which is when initial deliveries will begin.