Mustang Mach-E: Ford improves towing capacity and load curve

Mustang Mach-E: Ford improves towing capacity and load curve

Ford has unveiled some detail improvements for its Mustang Mach-E e-SUV, including an increase in towing capacity for vehicles with the large battery and a significant improvement in the charging curve above 80 percent. There's also a tweak to the suspension and ESC tuning.

Firstly, the maximum permissible towing capacity of the Mustang Mach-E on models with the larger "Extended Range" battery will in future be 1,000 kilograms instead of the previous 750 kilograms. Ford states that this can be used to tow a compact caravan or a small sports boat. A spokesman for Ford Germany confirmed when asked that this also applies to existing vehicles that have already been delivered. "No new hardware components are required with the improved towing capacity," the spokesman said.

On the other hand, there is a new charging curve as part of a software update - but only in the range with very high charge levels. Previously, the charging power was limited to 14 kW at around 82 percent SoC at the fast charger. That the charging power drops at high charge levels is quite common - but the extreme drop in the Mustang Mach-E from around 75 to the aforementioned 14 kW ensured that almost 18 percent of the 98.7 kWh battery could hardly be used. A point that we also criticized last summer in our drive report.

Ford doesn't communicate the new charging curve directly either, but the result: the charging time from 80 to 90 percent will be 15 minutes in the future - previously it was 52 minutes, so 37 minutes longer. But there is no change to the maximum DC charging power of 150 kW.

The two new features that Ford mentions as the first points in the press release are certainly not highly relevant for all customers: not everyone has ordered the trailer coupling or is dependent on the 250 kilos of additional towing capacity. And at DC chargers, you rarely get above 80 percent charge level anyway - nothing changes anyway for 11 kW charging at the wallbox at home. Only customers who do not have their own wallbox and are dependent on public DC chargers can now charge to 90 percent in noticeably less time.