Charging electric vehicles isn’t that complicated, but it is different. We are well aware and quite used to filling up our gas or diesel cars, but it’s a totally new refueling process for electric vehicles.
In this article, we will go over how to charge Mustang Mach-E at home, how to use public charging stations, including Tesla destination chargers on the go.
Every electric car comes with a charger that is actually called EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment), but most people refer to them as chargers, and that’s why we’re calling them chargers.
Ford provides with their mobile connector. The mobile connector is a Level 1 / Level 2 charger that means it can charge from either a Level 1 or Level 2 charging source.
The mobile charger comes with a cradle that allows you to mount it on the wall, so it’s not dangling from the plug.
Level 1 Charging
The Level 1 plug connects to a regular household outlet.
Every electric vehicle can charge from a regular household outlet, but it is very slow charging.
You’ll only get about three miles of range per hour with the Mustang Mach-E, so unless you only drive 20 or 30 miles a day, you probably need something faster than Level 1 charging, that is, Level 2 charging.
The Level 2 adapter plugs into a NEMA 14-50 outlet that is a 240-volt outlet.
Most people won’t have the 240-volt outlet in their house unless they have a welder or some type of heavy equipment in their garage, but you can have it installed in your garage to plug this in.
Level 2 Charging
Ford provides you with a mobile charger that can charge on Level 2. The only thing you have to do is install a NEMA 14-50 outlet in your garage or wherever you’re going to charge.
Have an electrician do it. It shouldn’t cost more than a few hundred dollars, but every household is different.
Some are more complicated, so they cost more, but a simple installation should be two or three hundred dollars to install a NEMA 14-50 outlet.
If you do that, you can charge at 32 amps with the mobile connector, which is good enough for somewhere between 22 and 25 miles of range per hour.
The Mustang Mach-E has a range of somewhere between 211 and 300 miles depending on the trim that you have. Most people don’t fully deplete their battery in a day, and they’ll only drive 40 or 50 miles. So if you have a charger that can recharge at 20-25 miles an hour, after a couple of hours, you’re back to 100 percent.
However, if you do want to charge faster, you can get a faster EV charging station, either the Ford Connected home charger that mounts on the wall or from a third-party vendor. They all will work the same.
All electric vehicles sold in North America use a standard J1772 connector except Tesla vehicles, so any of the charging stations that you buy other than a Tesla charging station will charge the Mustang Mach-E fine.
If you were to upgrade to a 48-amp charger, you’re going to charge at a rate of somewhere between 30 and 32 miles of range per hour, maybe even as much as 35, depending on how efficiently you drive.
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With public charging, it’s mostly Level 2 and DC fast charging, sometimes called Level 3, but the proper term is actually DC fast charging.
Level 2 Charging
With Level 2 public charging, it’s basically the same as Level 2 home charging. Most public Level 2 chargers will deliver the amount of power that Ford’s mobile connect will and give you somewhere between 22 and 25 miles of range per hour.
DC Fast Charging
With DC fast chargers, it’s a little more complicated because there are DC fast chargers that are low powered as little as 24 kW, and some that deliver as much as 350 kW.
The Mustang Mach-E can accept up to 150 kW for most versions. The base model of the Mach-E can only accept up to 115 kW, but all the other versions of the Mach-E can accept up to 150 kW.
DC fast charging only does that for a very short period of time, so it’s not like you get 150 kW the whole time. In fact, it only does it for about two minutes, then it starts to ramp down. So it is much different from Level 1 and Level 2 charging, where the car holds the same charge rate for almost the entire charging session.
Mustang Mach-E Charging Networks
To charge in public, you can use your FordPass app that has most of the networks which are available today. Ford has gotten together and put them all in one app, so you don’t need to get a membership with all the different charging networks, which makes it very convenient.
The only downside is there are certain occasions where you pay more to charge through your FordPass app than you do if you had the app for that specific network.
So do some research and figure out which way works better for you. It’s not a bad idea to also have a membership with the DC fast charge networks like Electrify America, EVgo, Greenlots.
The Mach-E has this technology called plug-in & charge, which is just becoming available now. The Mach-E was one of the first vehicles to have plug & charge capability that allows you to just pull up to the charging station and plug the vehicle in, and it automatically communicates to the charger and builds your pre-established account that you set up through your FordPass.
Currently, only Electrify America and some Greenlots stations have plug-in & charge, but soon it should be available everywhere.
Ford has partnered with Electrify America and provides every Mach-E owner 250 kWh of free charging when they get their Mach-E now.
However, Electrify America isn’t the only network out there. There are networks like ChargePoint, Blink, Greenlots, EVgo and depending on where you live. There may be more of those chargers in your area.
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Another advantage of downloading these apps is they tell you how much each station costs because public EV charging varies greatly.
You could pay $10 to charge your Mach-E at one station, and right down the block, it might cost you $50. It’s that much of a difference, so download these apps and know what you’re paying before you go there.It’s a big help.
They’ll also tell you if you can charge there. There are some DC fast chargers that use a CHAdeMo connector. CHAdeMO is used by Nissan and Mitsubishi.
You can’t use a CHAdeMO charger with the Mustang Mach-E. Now the good news is that most of all the charging stations use the CCS connector for DC fast charge.
If you pull up to a CHAdeMO charging station just like if you pull up to a Tesla Supercharger, you won’t be able to charge your Mach-E. Quite honestly, the in-car navigation that Ford has doesn’t filter out the stations you can’t use properly, so you want to use an app like PlugShare or Open Charge Map, and you’ll know before you get there if you can plug in.
Mustang Mach-E Charging with A Tesla Charger
You can charge the Mach-E on a Tesla Destination charger or Tesla wall connector if you have the right adapter. The Mustang will call for more than 40 amps, and the Tesla charger will deliver more than 40 amps.
If you get an adapter that can’t accept more than 40 amps, what’s going to happen? It’s going to melt, burn out, and you could have a fire and damage the inlet of your mustang machine, which could cost you thousands to repair. Therefore, get a well-built and high-quality adapter, such as TeslaTap Mini.
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The Mustang Mach-E charging rate with different chargers are listed below:
Level 1 charging: 3-4 miles of range per hour of charging.
Level 2 charging: 22-32 miles of range per hour (depending on if you use the Ford mobile connector or a higher-powered charger).
DC fast charging: 7 miles per minute.