The new Ford Mustang Mach-E has set three Guinness World Records for efficiency, overall charge time and the number of charge stops in an electric car on a journey from John o' Groats to Land's End.
The Mach-E averaged 6.54 miles per kWh on an 840-mile route between John o’ Groats and Land’s End - a new world record. It also achieved two seperate world record feats for the shortest charging time for the route, with 43 minutes and 13 seconds, only having to stop once to charge at FG EV Power station in Wigan.
The electric performance SUV was driven by BBC transport correspondent Paul Clifton and Fergal McGrath and Kevin Brooker, who already hold petrol and diesel efficiency records between them.
Setting off on 3 July and driving through the night to avoid congestion, the trio completed the trip in 27 hours at an average speed of around 31mph.
“This record is about demonstrating that electric cars are now viable for everyone,” said the team, reflecting on their efforts. “Not just for short urban trips to work or the shops or as a second car, but for real-world use on long cross-country journeys. We’ve proved that, with this car, the tipping point has been reached.
“The Ford Mustang Mach-E’s range and efficiency make it an everyday car for tackling unpredictable journey patterns. We did a full day’s testing totalling 250 miles and still had 45% battery charge on our return.”
Range anxiety is often listed among drivers’ biggest concerns when it comes to switching from internal-combustion-engined cars to EVs.
This latest feat follows the exploits of the Renault Zoe, which recently hit 425 miles of range (180 miles more than its official WLTP figure) in a record attempt organised by Mission Motorsport at Thruxton race circuit.
The Mustang Mach-E used here was the rear-wheel-drive Extended Range version with the 88kWh battery. By driving well within the car’s means, its effective range was boosted to more than 500 miles – significantly more than the 379 miles it achieves on the WLTP test.