Ford introduces software updates for Mustang Mach-E

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  • Ford to ensure its all-new all-electric Mustang Mach-E stays up to date with over-the-air software updates that can be done from anywhere – even your own home
  • Many updates can be completed in under two minutes, with many virtually invisible to customers, enabled by an cloud-connected platform 
  • Secure software updates to offer enhancements throughout the SUV, from the SYNC® communications and entertainment system to upgrades that enhance quality, capability and convenience
  • Latest testing shows Mustang Mach-E charge time has improved by nearly 30 percent, reaching an average of 73 miles of range within 10 minutes

Owners of the all-new, all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E can now get over-the-air updates which the manufacturer claims will continuously improve the SUV over the vehicle’s life without leaving home.

And unlike some other cars that require owners to wait while a software update takes place, Ford has developed a way to allow secure updates to download in the background, and in some cases, to be completed in under two minutes.

These improvements go way beyond SYNC® updates. Nearly all Mach-E computer modules can be updated wirelessly, meaning Ford says it can deliver performance enhancements and entirely new features that might not exist when customers first take delivery of their vehicles.

Some installations will be virtually invisible to customers, who can select a regular time – such as the middle of the night – for updates while their Mach-E is parked. Many updates will be completed almost instantly after a customer starts their vehicle, while in-vehicle alerts will tell them what improvements have been installed.

Ford expects to deliver its first updates within six months after the first Mustang Mach-E vehicles are with customers. Owners will receive notifications detailing the software updates when they are available, which can then be applied using either Wi-Fi or cellular connections, depending on the update.

Says John Vangelov, connected services manager, Ford Motor Company:

“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. Our clever over-the-air updates also minimise downtime through incredibly fast activation and ensure your Mustang Mach-E is always getting better, even when you’re asleep.”

Mach-E can add 73 miles of range within 10 minutes

Ford’s latest testing shows that the all-new, all-electric Mustang Mach-E is estimated to add an average of 73 miles range in 10 minutes when using an IONITY charging station. Real-world tests delivered estimated improvement of 16 miles driving range or nearly 30 percent compared with previous, more conservative computer-simulated estimates for the Mustang Mach-E in extended-range battery, rear-wheel drive (RWD) configuration.

The all-wheel drive (AWD) model is estimated to add an average of 66 miles of charge within approximately 10 minutes. Both AWD and RWD configurations are estimated to achieve a 10 percent to 80 percent charge in 45 minutes. The standard-range battery in the Mustang Mach-E is estimated to charge an average of 56 miles in 10 minutes for RWD and 52 miles for AWD models, with a 10 percent to 80 percent charge in 38 minutes.

Concludes Mark Kaufman, Global Director, Electric Vehicles:

“Mustang customers love the open road, and less time recharging means more time enjoying the drive. 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.”

Chris Price
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