Ford’s Mustang-inspired crossover EV will go more than 300 miles on a charge
We have one more detail on Ford’s “Mustang-inspired,” electrically powered, high-performance crossover coming in 2020 that the Dearborn automaker has been teasing over the past year. That detail is range, which is 370 miles on the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), the latest standard used in the European Union.
When the project was first announced, Ford said it was aiming at a 300 mile range for the new crossover EV. We will have to wait for official numbers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which will be slightly lower.
For comparison, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is rated at 151 miles by the EPA and 168 miles using the WLTP. Using that as a guide, Ford’s Crossover EV should still have an official number in the mid-300s. That could be as much as 100 miles more than current EVs on sale like the Jaguar I-Pace, Hyundai Kona Electric, and Chevrolet Bolt EV. It would also be competitive with the anticipated 300-mile range of the recently announced Tesla Model Y SUV.
It’s likely that this new crossover will be based on Ford’s battery electric module, one of the automaker’s five future platform architectures. It won’t be built alongside the Mustang, although other Ford EVs will be made at the Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant. The regular production Mustang will be moving to Ford’s flexible CD6 platform, which also underpins the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs, but that might not happen until 2026. Company chairman Bill Ford Jr. previously said that the Mustang-ish crossover would “go like hell,” but no performance benchmarks have been released.
The news about the upcoming electric Mustang CUV was announced at Ford’s “Go Electric” event in Amsterdam, Netherlands along with information on fifteen other electrified vehicles that Ford will be selling by 2022.