Ford has detailed a new over-the-air update system that will continue to enhance its Mach-E electric crossover over the course of its life.
The wireless software tweaks can be made anywhere and are said to be 'virtually invisible' to Mach-E owners, taking less than two minutes in some cases. Complex updates that require more downtime can be scheduled for a convenient time, such as the middle of the night.
Ford expects the first round of over-the-air updates to be rolled out to Mach-E owners within six months of the first customer deliveries. Owners will be notified of the available update, which can then be activated using a wi-fi or cellular connection.
The entry-level standard-range rear-wheel-drive Mach-E is priced from £40,270. It promises a "target range" of 280 miles from its 76kWh battery and puts out 254bhp. The extended-range version is £9730 extra and has a 99kWh battery pack for a 370-mile quoted range and a power output of 281bhp.
That price places this extended-range Mach-E just below the £50k threshold necessary to qualify for the £3000 government plug-in car grant.
The all-wheel-drive model starts from £46,750. With the 76kWh battery, its quoted range is reduced to 260 miles. The extended-range four-wheel-drive version starts from £56,950, with a 335-mile quoted range and a power boost to 332bhp. Pre-orders are being taken now, with a recommended deposit of £1000.
Design, platform and powertrain
The Mach-E is Ford’s first volume-production battery-electric vehicle and the flagship for the launch of 18 mild- and full-hybrid new models scheduled to arrive by the end of 2021.
The Tesla Model Y rival is the first production car to emerge from Ford’s Team Edison, a 70-strong Detroit group tasked with designing the firm’s next-generation EVs. At launch. the range-topping version will produce 332bhp, with a full GT model making around 459bhp due at a later date.