Our testing beat Ford’s estimated time to charge to 80%
Last week we posted our Mustang Mach-E 70 mph range test video in which we were able to cover 282.5 miles before the state of charge hit zero, at which time the Mach-E was reporting that it could go another 3 miles.
Since we already had the Mach-E with a depleted battery at an Electrify America DC fast charger, we used the opportunity to conduct another DC Fast charge test. Last month, Kyle Conner posted a Mach-E DC fast charge test on his Out Of Spec YouTube channel and InsideEVs Mark Kane used the data for a great DC fast charge analysis deep-dive article.
However, Ford has been updating the Mach-E software up to the vehicle’s launch, so we wondered if the charging curve would be the same as when Kyle recorded his session nearly two months ago.
We used the Mustang Mach-E’s Plug&Charge feature and it worked as it should on the first try. With Plug&Charge, all the owner needs to do is plug the EV into the charger, and the vehicle and charger communicate to authenticate the session and bill your pre-established account. In fact, every time I’ve personally used Plug&Charge with the Mach-E it worked on the first try.
The only problem I can see is that currently, you cannot link your Electrify America account to the account in your Ford Pass that is linked to Plug&Charge. Therefore, you cannot pay the discounted rate that Electrify America members do, and that’s a problem.
In New Jersey, Electrify America bills by the kWh, and as a Pass+ member, I pay $0.31 per kWh. Since the Ford Pass currently cannot be linked to an Electrify America Pass+ account, users pay the guest rate of $0.43 per kWh. Since the Mach-E took in 92 kWh during my DC fast charge test, the cost was significantly more than it should have been. Instead of paying $28.52 to fully charge the Mach-E, it cost $39.56. This is something that Ford needs to figure out, or it renders Plug&Charge useless as nobody will use it if it means the charging session will cost 40% more.
Unplug at 80%!
Ford recommends unplugging at 80% when using a DC Fast charger and we couldn’t agree more. It took us 47 minutes to charge the Mach-E from 0% to 80% and another 102 minutes (1 hour & 42 minutes) to charge from 80% to 100%. That’s an average charge rate of 1.7 miles/minute from 0% to 80% and then it took 5 minutes to add each additional mile of range from 80% to 100%.
Source:State Of Charge (YouTube)
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