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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Will Not Get 2022 Usable Battery Increase

As Ford Authority reported last week, the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E is gaining some usable battery capacity over the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, which will, in turn, give the EV crossover more range. However, it was unclear if 2021 model year vehicles would receive the same update over-the-air or via another method, so Ford Authority reached out to Ford for some confirmation, and EV Product Communications Manager Hannah Ooms has confirmed to Ford Authority that the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E will not be receiving the same improvements in battery capacity or range as 2022 models.

It’s currently unclear why Ford is opting not to update the 2021 Mustang Mach-E in this manner, but Ford Authority will have more details on this matter soon. In the meantime, this tidbit of information was seemingly confirmed back in August, when Sandy Munro interviewed Mach-E chief engineer Donna Dickson. “It’s a year-over-year improvement,” Dickson said at that time. “So, we’ll go and get additional range-improvement actions coming in for ’22, we have more coming in for ’23, and more coming in for ’24.”

In the past, Tesla has improved range in some of its vehicles via over-the-air updates, but it appears that Ford is taking more of a year-by-year approach to improvements in that regard. In addition to increasing usable battery capacity, Dickson also cited weight reduction as another way Ford would be improving the Mach-E’s range in the future. For 2022, the Ford Mustang Mach-E Standard Range features 70 kWh of usable battery capacity, up from 68 kWh for the 2021 model, while the Extended Range Mach-E gets 91 kWh versus 88 kWh for the 2021 model year.

The 2022 Mach-E will introduce a few other changes to the all-electric crossover, including the addition of the new Ice White Edition Appearance Package, while the Mach-E California Route 1 is gaining optional all-wheel drive.  Additionally, a black-painted roof is now standard on Mustang Mach-E GT and GT Performance Edition models, while Grabber Blue Metallic and Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat are now available on all Mach-E models, Finally, Iced Blue Silver Metallic joins the color lineup for the 2022 model year.

We’ll have more on the Mach-E soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Mustang Mach-E news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Jean-Francois Rivard

    Sounds like the batteries themselves are getting physically updated. Not the kind of thing that happens over the air. Also, it’s pretty obvious that buyers getting 22 or 23 or further model year cars will have significantly improved vehicles. Those things are now on the computer Moore’s law improvement schedule, not the slow incremental stuff normally associated with mechanical systems.

    1. Michael

      Yea, but you also have to pay more for it. You get what you pay for.

  2. PicassoPC

    It’s the same battery – no physical changes. They are simply not reserving the same buffer levels. There is no reason this cannot be updated in MY2021 MMEs. A dick move IMHO and just adds to my frustration and negative experience with this car so far. This will be my last Ford.

    1. Michael

      They used you as a test mule, to find out they could do that, with info they retrieved from your vehicle for free. That is why certain people say you should never buy the first model year of any vehicle, as there are changes they will make in the 2nd year from the 1st year road test.

  3. Pete

    Legacy automaker acting like one. They have the ability to do it technically, but are choosing not to because of they’re stuck in the old model year paradigm. Enough Tesla-copying with this vehicle that they might as well have extended it to the software update philosophy, but no. Disappointing…

  4. Nick Proszkow

    Is there any update on this for 2021 MY owners?

  5. KenKay

    I own a 21 mach e premium. I would be sticking with Ford if they had a sensible approach to the tech aspects of the car and a more modern philosophy with software updates and features. My wife wants to go electric too, so we currently have a machE AND model 3 ordered. I love the driving feel of the MachE, but I think ford is unnecessarily restricting OTA updates and tech features with the mustang. It makes me think they will continue this philosophy in the future. As such, I’m thinking of going with Tesla. Their updates are sensible and they’re pushing the tech farther. I could care less about the brand or Elon, I just want a company that understands the possibility of their car and is more forward-thinking in approach.

    1. Bruce

      This article is in error as I have a 2021 Mach e and got an OTA update that got me the 91 kwh and 315 miles range and also improved the charging curve.


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