Ford has made some updates to its Mustang Mach-E and increased the towing capacity of the electric SUV. The automaker has also significantly improved the load curve above 80% and refined the suspension and ESC.
On the one hand, the maximum authorized towing capacity of the Mustang Mach-E on the battery of the “Extended Range” model will be 1,000 kilograms instead of the previous 750. Ford states this was enough to allow customers to tow a typical small or mid-size. fiberglass fishing boat. As confirmed by a Ford Germany spokesperson elective, this also applies to delivered vehicles. “The improved towing capacity does not require any new hardware components,” the spokesperson said.
Another part of the software update improved the charging curve, but only in a very high charge level range. Previously, at around 82% SoC on the fast charger, the software limited the charging power to 14kW. Charging power dips at high load levels are fairly standard, but the Mustang Mach-E’s extreme reduction from around 75 to the 14kW above resulted in almost 18% of the battery from 98 .7 kWh could barely be used.
Ford doesn’t communicate the new charging curve directly either, but the result: charging time from 80-90% will be 15 minutes in the future; previously it was 52 minutes, which is 37 minutes longer. However, the maximum DC charging power of 150 kW remains unchanged.
In any case, the innovations that Ford mentions as the first points of the announcement are certainly not very relevant for all customers: not everyone has ordered the trailer hitch or is not counting on the 250 kilos of additional towing capacity. And with DC chargers, it is rare to reach a charge level of more than 80% anyway – nothing changes when charging at 11 kW on the wall box at home. Only customers who don’t have a wallbox and rely on public DC chargers can now charge 90% in significantly less time.
However, the other updates will benefit all customers: Ford introduces new ESC tuning via OTA update. In the three driving modes, the ESC should intervene better in turns and especially in evasive manoeuvres. In addition, the springs and shock absorbers have been adjusted to significantly improve the vehicle’s balance and comfort. The latest change cited by Ford is “a recalibration of the one-pedal drive function for even smoother performance at lower speeds and improvements in driver comfort.”
“The towing upgrade for Mustang Mach-E is one of many free updates we continue to make to hardware and software or via homologation to give owners the best possible experience,” said This. Woelpern, Managing Director, Imports, Ford of Europe. “With towing in particular, it was a great example of our responding to customer questions, where we checked the feasibility of an increase and were able to deliver what they wanted.”
The Mustang Mach-E has now been on sale in Europe for over a year.
With reporting by Sebastian Schaal, Germany.