Ford has recently announced that its latest all-electric Mustang Mach-E will be receiving continuous over-the-air (OTA) updates to further improve the SUV’s features. Here, the automaker has developed a way to securely download updates in the background; whereby owners won’t have to wait for it to be completed before setting off on their journey. It’s estimated to take under two minutes over either a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.
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“The beauty of the Mustang Mach-E is that what our customers experience on day one is just the beginning – it will evolve to add even more features and capabilities over time,” said John Vangelov, connected services manager, Ford Motor Company. “Our clever over-the-air updates also minimize downtime through incredibly fast activation and ensure your Mustang Mach-E is always getting better, even when you’re asleep.”
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Thanks to periodic updates, the Mach-E, like other vehicles that have an OTA function, can receive performance enhancements and entirely new features that might not have existed when customers took first delivery of their vehicles.
The manufacturer’s latest update is aimed at improving the vehicle’s driving range following a fast DC charge. Here, the Mustang Mach-E (extended-range battery, rear-wheel-drive configuration) is estimated to add an average of 73 miles range in 10 minutes when using an Ionity charging station. In real-world tests, this adds around 16 miles of driving range (or 30%) in comparison to its previous state.
The all-wheel-drive (AWD) model is estimated to add an average of 66 miles of charge within approximately 10 minutes, and both AWD and RWD models are estimated to achieve an 80% charge in 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, the standard-range RWD and AWD models will attain an average of 56 miles and 52 miles in 10 minutes, respectively – both will charge to 80% charge in 38 minutes.
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“Mustang customers love the open road, and less time recharging means more time enjoying the drive,” said Mark Kaufman, Global Director, Electric Vehicles. “We’ve made it a priority to make it faster to recharge their Mustang Mach-E, and we’re continuing to work with providers to make even more charge points available through FordPass to make it easier to recharge.”
The Ford Mustang Mach-E can be pre-ordered via the manufacturer’s website. Prices start from £40,270, where the SUV has a pure-electric driving range of more than 370 miles on a single charge.