Ford Mustang Mach-E’s driving range benefits from preconditioning

It was a cold spring, and one Free Press reader  wasn’t enjoying it one bit.

He had a brand new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV with an EPA-estimated range of 300 miles on a charge, but on one cold morning after another, the gauge said a 100% charge would take him only 220, despite the fact that he’d just charged the vehicle overnight in his garage.

After he drove 70 miles, he said in an email, the gauge would tell him range was down to 100 miles.

It was driving him nuts. That remaining 100 miles was farther than he planned to go, but why was his expensive, sophisticated new Ford displaying a range way below the expected based on the sales brochure and government-approved window sticker?