Michigan based, Ford Motor Company, the US automotive manufacturer, stepped firmly into the fast evolving electric vehicle (EV) race with the unveiling of its ‘new breed of Mustang’, the all-electric Mustang Mach-e sport utility vehicle (SUV), ahead of the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Though Ford had commenced work on an electric vehicle model a few years ago, CEO James Hackett ‘pulled the plug’ and sent everyone back to the drawing board. Early indications suggest that the strategy to start afresh on creating a more compelling plug-in electric vehicle (EV) may have worked for Ford. The Mustang Mach-e is part of the US$11.5 billion Ford investment into electrification by 2022. The company aims to become a leader in clean transportation and become carbon-neutral by 2030.
Ford is hoping to leverage the iconic status of the ‘Mustang’ marque to make up for its late entry into the battery-electric vehicle (BEV) sector. Competitors from both, the traditional automotive sector and new entrants are already well ahead in the race. Munich based Volkswagen Group and California based Tesla Inc, are two such examples, well on their way to market domination in the zero-emission race. The electric vehicles (EVS) offered by Ford include:
- The all-electric Ford Mustang Mach E SUV
- The all-new Ford Kuga PHEV SUV
- The Ford Tourneo Custom PHEV
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The Ford Kuga PHEV SUV
The Ford Kuga compact SUV has been manufactured by Ford since 2008. The internal combustion engine (ICE) variant is available as both all all-wheel drive (AWD) and front-wheel drive (FWD). The plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) Kuga variant is only available as a front-wheel drive (FWD). The Kuga is currently on its third generation, which was introduced in early 2019 and went on sale late 2019, to include the Kuga plug-in electric SUV.
PHEVs are perfect for individuals and families:
- Keen to take a step towards lower emission and environment-friendly driving
- Need a vehicle for extensive and regular long-distance travelling
- Have limited access to private or public EV charging stations
- Do a number of short commutes (30 miles and below) on a regular basis
- Keen to save money
It is a widely known fact, in that, the average distance of a trip in the UK is a mere 12 miles. An average vehicle in the UK will travel between 8k and 10k miles per annum i.e. less than 30 miles per day. The newest eco-friendly PHEVs on the market will average between 20 to 30 zero-emission electric miles on a fully-charged EV battery. In most plug-in electric cars the EV battery will be below 15 kWh in capacity.
The Ford plug-in electric SUV has a 14.4 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 35 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 30 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!
The Ford plug-in electric SUV is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode.
|At A Glance|
|EV Type:||Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)|
|Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):||Not available|
|Engine:||Petrol-Electric (2.5-litre plug-in hybrid)|
|Available In UK:||Yes|
|Variants (4 Options)|
|Zetec (from £26,445)|
|Titanium Edition (from £28,345)|
|ST-Line Edition/ X Edition (from £30,145)|
|Vignale (from £32,880)|
|An affordable PHEV SUV||Not as stylish or iconic as the Mach-e electric SUV|
|Cheap to drive on electric mode||Interior cabin quality has room for improvement|
|Practical and spacious||Average infotainment system|
|EV Battery & Emissions|
|EV Battery Type:||Lithium-ion|
|EV Battery Capacity:||Available in one battery sizes (14.4 kWh)|
|Charging:||On board charger: 3.7 kW AC|
|Charge Port:||Type 2|
|EV Cable Type:||Type 2|
|Tailpipe Emissions:||32g (CO2/km)|
|Warranty:||8 years or 100,000 miles|
|Average Cost Of Residential Charging|
|Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh||£1.27|
|Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh||£1.67|
|Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh||£1.73|
|Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh||£1.89|
|Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh||£2.03|
- Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
- Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.
|Charging Times (Overview)|
|Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):||6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)|
|Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):||3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)|
|Rapid charging AC (43 kW):||0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)|
- Note 1: SoC: state of charge
|2.5L Plug-In Hybrid|
|EV Battery Capacity:||14.4 kWh|
|Pure Electric Range (WLTP):||35 miles|
|Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):||15.8|
|Fuel Consumption (mpg):||201.8|
|Charging:||On board charger: 3.7kW AC|
|Top Speed:||124 mph|
|0-62 mph:||9.2 seconds|
|Drive:||Front-wheel drive (FWD)|
|Electric Motor (kW):||N/A|
|Max Power (PS):||225|
|Kerb Weight (kg):||1,844|
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