In an autumnal Norwegian environment, how long can one of Norway's most popular automobiles in recent months, the Ford Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV, go without charging?
Henrik Borchgrevink and Knut Wilthil, two skilled eco-drivers, drove a Mustang Mach-E Long Range with a rear-wheel-drive from Trondheim in the north to Kristiansand in the south this weekend, covering a distance of 807.2 kilometers without charging.
The journey was on a typical road and took place in highly autumnal circumstances, especially at the start of the ride, using a basic Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV with rear-wheel drive, common summer tires, and the biggest battery pack. They forced both a mountain section and a motionless line for more than 5 hours due to a severe traffic accident, and they had zero degrees - both then and in numerous other areas.
"With the Ford Mustang Mach-E's advertised range of up to 610 kilometers, we're more than delighted to drive the whole 807.2 kilometers, which is 32% further than indicated"; according to Henrik Borchgrevink, it must be a Norwegian range record on a normal road during the fall season.
"From Trondheim, we had difficult circumstances as we ascended to the route's highest point of 733 meters. Then, owing to a traffic accident, we were stuck for five hours. It was a chilly experience, with the temperature being two degrees below zero. But after that, everything went smoothly." According to Knut Wilthil, "this is a great electric automobile that will undoubtedly be able to be driven even further in excellent summer weather."
The battery and the trip ended just beyond Kristiansand on Sunday night, after a lengthy drive from Trondheim to Osterdalen, Oslo, and the E18 farther south. They'd driven for 807.2 kilometers (almost 500 miles) without charging the all-electric SUV along the way. It uses 11 kWh every 100 kilometers on average.
They've previously driven both Ford Mustangs with over 300 horsepower on a single tank of gas to a distance of 1249 kilometers, which was then a world record. In 2017, they also established what was very certainly a world record with a Ranger pickup. They then drove 1616 kilometers from Oslo to Kautokeino without stopping for gasoline.
It's only appropriate to congratulate Knut Wilthil and Henrik Borchgrevink on their outstanding performance. The Mustang Mach-E has proved in many range tests that it is one of the most excellent electric cars on the market today in terms of range. According to Per Gunnar Berg, CEO of Ford Motor Norway, "what they accomplish with such low fall temperatures and a long ascent up the mountain demonstrates the potential it has to be able to travel very cheaply and far, even for people who are not as severe eco-drivers as these two record holders."
They became drivers for the lengthy trek south. Both were, however, in the car for the whole journey. The electric car's charging hatch was shut before departing Trondheim, Norway.
Along the way, they made a few short stops for a change of driver and to go around other traffic but generally maintained a modest and constant speed the entire time.
This journey isn't your typical drive from Trondheim. We've accounted for every contingency along the route, including a driver change. The objective is to maintain a consistent low pace with as few starts and stops as feasible. This implies that everything is taken into account, from rush hour traffic to temperatures, precipitation, and wind. Henrik Borchgrevink adds, "We've also been cautious with the usage of air conditioning because experience has shown that it consumes a lot of energy."
For individuals who wish to attempt "eco-driving" with an electric car or a car with a more conventional driveline, the two experienced eco-drivers have the following advice: "To organize your driving as best as possible and avoid full stops, drive smoothly and keep your eyes fixed far ahead of you on the road. You must also maintain a lesser pace and accelerate evenly and not too slowly when increasing your speed to reach as far as feasible."
2021: Without charging, a Ford Mustang Mach-E Long Range RWD with 290 HP travels from Trondheim to Kristiansand. Distance: 807.2 kilometers.
2017: Oslo - Kautokeino on a tank powered by a Ford Ranger truck with a 2.2-liter TDCI 160-horsepower engine. Distance: 1616 kilometers.
2016: Polar Circle Center - Krager in a Ford Mustang with a 317-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. Distance: 1249.3 km.
2013: Ford Focus 1-liter EcoBoost engine travels from Kautokeino to Oslo on a single tank of gasoline. The current world record is 1619 kilometers. This is also the first time a petrol automobile has traveled over 1000 miles on a single tank.
2012: They drove from Helsinki to Oslo (without taking the boat) on a single gas tank in a Ford Mondeo. Going on a single tank of fuel is a European record. Distance: 2536 kilometers.
All of the journeys are performed in standard production vehicles. @via Ford.