Ford predicts that many Mustang Mach-E buyers will be first-time EV owners who may not yet know the ins-and-outs of fueling up, or charging, their new electric pony car. Here’s a quick run down of all of Mustang Mach-E charging options.
Charging at home
Most Mustang Mach-E owners, with access to a plug at night, will charge at home. With the same convenience as plugging in your mobile phone to charge, owners will also plug in Mustang Mach-E and wake up to a full tank every morning. At home, there are three ways to charge.
Optional for home charging is Ford’s Connected Charge Station. This hard-wired 240V/48-amp charger provides the fastest home charging at 30 miles of range per hour, but at a cost of $799 plus installation, this option has a larger upfront cost for just 9 miles of range per hour over the included mobile charger. The better option is using Ford’s included mobile charger.
Included with every Mustang Mach-E in North America is a mobile charger with a 240V/120V switchable cord end. The switchable cord end allows owners to charge with 120V (NEMA 5-15) up to 15 Amps or 240V (NEMA 14-50) up to 32 Amps, and unlike Toyota or Tesla, there’s no additional cable ends to buy to begin charging at home.
Using the 240V cord end and a NEMA 14-50 outlet, the mobile charger will allow Mustang Mach-E to charge at up to 21 miles of range per hour. With the relatively small cost to install a NEMA 14-50 outlet and with the mobile charger being included, this is probably how most Mach-E owners will charge at home.
With the standard 120V end on the mobile charger, Mustang Mach-E will charge at about three miles per hour, meaning it could take over 100 hours to fully charge the vehicle. This slowest speed is not recommended and is not the best way to charge the 67kWh or 98kWh battery packs, but it’s available in a pinch if no other options are available.
Charging on the road
For charging on the road, or for owners who don’t have access to a plug at night, Ford has partnered with Electrify America and others to build the FordPass Charging Network, with over 13,500 charging stations across North America.
Built into the FordPass App, owners will be able to search for Electrify America and GreenLots charging stations, and pay for charging directly through the app with no other memberships or fees required.
While Ford claims that with 13,500 charging stations it has the “largest public charging network in North America,” not all chargers are of the 150kW fast-charge variety where charging just takes 10-15 minutes. Most chargers in the FordPass Network top out at just 50kW.
All Mustang Mach-E owners receive two years of complimentary access to the FordPass Charging Network. The complimentary service only covers access, not the actual cost of charging. Monthly or yearly membership rates after the complimentary period has ended have not been announced.
Ford is also giving owners up to five complimentary “fill-ups” at Electrify America charging stations. Ford Mustang Mach-E customers in the U.S. will receive 250 kilowatt-hours of complimentary charging through FordPass Rewards – the equivalent of approximately three to five full DC fast charges – with Electrify America after purchasing their vehicle.
Mach-E drivers can also use any CCS Combo 1 (J1772) plug from networks like EVgo, Ionity, Blink and others, found by using apps like PlugShare. Your experience may vary with fees and charging prices.
As more electric vehicles hit the streets, we’ll see more and more chargers being installed. Just recently GM announcement a partnership with EVgo to add another 2,700 150-350kW fast chargers in North America. With all these options, charging at home or on the road should be easy and help reduce any range-anxiety owners have.