Our rides: The electric horse at a gallop? | Lavender Review

Over the years, we often congratulate ourselves on being the first to adopt anything. After all, LGBTQ consumers love getting the latest and greatest technology to advance our lives and keep us ahead of the curve in society.

A prime example has been our adoption of electric vehicles. This is aligned with a demographic study that shows this community’s desire to embrace environmentally friendly solutions to improve our lives ahead of the rest of society.

Not everyone has bought into the idea of ​​an electric vehicle. There are those of us who are completely shut out of the automotive market, let alone a used electric or hybrid vehicle. As much as we desire to own an electrified vehicle, there are other considerations that add to the cost of living with one.

Years of talking about electric vehicles, as well as taking them on short trips, have made me wonder what it’s like to have one to use on a regular basis.

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Ford responded by sending a 2021 Mustang Mach-E to my doorstep for a week.

Admittedly, a week is not enough to absorb the EV lifestyle. However, it provided enough time to test the waters and see what all the fuss is about. How to live without having to stop at a gas station to fill up.

First of all, what is a Ford Mustang Mach-E?

It’s the first true execution of Ford’s battery electric vehicle architecture. The crossover/SUV was born from a platform with a flat battery positioned between the two axles with the vehicle built on it. The body takes the form of a Mustang coupe, save for the waistline, four doors and a hatchback – rather, tailgate – with an elongated roofline.

The Mustang Mach-E offers many interesting functions. To open the doors, you press a button on the jamb/frame to gain access. The front doors have a small “handle” to open the door. Under the hood is a small “frunk” – about 4.7 cubic feet of secure space.

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Inside the Mustang Mach-E is a forward-looking interior design. This includes a small wide instrument cluster display with minimal information. Just enough data to help you with your driving. In the middle is a huge 15.5-inch touchscreen in portrait orientation. It houses Ford’s Sync 4A infotainment system and controls most functions inside the vehicle. You change gears with the rotary dial on the center console.

One of the big features that Ford likes to tout about the Mustang Mach-E is its drive modes. Engage is the ideal compromise for daily driving. You can put it in Whisper mode for more efficient driving. However, if you want your Mach-E to act like a Mustang, put it in Unbridled Mode for faster acceleration and more aggressive driving characteristics.

Our Premium trim model has all-wheel drive, which puts an electric motor on each axle. In total, these two motors combined deliver a peak rated output of 316 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of peak torque. It also has an 88-kilowatt-hour extended-use battery, which gave us 245 miles of range from a 100% charge.

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That’s about it for the Mustang Mach-E. The reality of this vehicle isn’t because of its name, but rather that it’s Ford’s best electric vehicle right now – until the F-150 Lightning hits the aisles and people’s carports.

So how was it living with the Mustang Mach-E?

The only thing I noticed was my own anxiety. We’re used to seeing the needle on the fuel gauge being prompted to fill up at the nearest gas station. With an electric vehicle, if you don’t have the infrastructure in place at home, you have to find a place to recharge.

With the Mustang Mach-E, you must download the FordPass app. It monitors almost everything, lets you control your vehicle remotely and helps you find the nearest charging station. The Blue Oval charging network identifies certain stations that will work with your Ford EV. They tend to turn to DC fast chargers for faster charging overall.

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Ford’s preferred network is ElectrifyAmerica, which has only two DC Fast Chargers in our area: one in Woodbury, the other in Eau Claire. Ford also lists other DC fast charging stations on other networks, such as ChargePoint and Greenlots. These are found elsewhere in Minnesota and across the state border.

On such a load, the Mustang Mach-E had dropped to about 62% battery charge. I took it to the ElectrifyAmerica station in Woodbury and put it on its highest level charger. It took 23 minutes to recover an additional 19% charge to 81% battery. FordPass calculated that it added 71 miles to the Mustang Mach-E’s range. During a different charging session at the same charging station, we filled the battery from 21% to 81% in just 38 minutes.

From our editorial office in Edina, getting to the ElectrifyAmerica station is approximately a 28-mile drive. There are DC fast charging stations closer to us within the Ford network. However, we found that either they did not work with the vehicle or the station was reserved for a specific brand of vehicle other than Ford.

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Otherwise, you can live with an electric vehicle without having to shell out the money to have your house hardwired for a charging station. Keep in mind that you are limited to a Level 2 home charger and it will take hours to bring the battery to at least 80%. We did exactly that, but opted for a fully charged battery to 100% using a Level 2 home charger. It took over 13 hours to top out to around less than 65%. Once you get past 80% on a charge, the process becomes much slower.

There are many considerations for electric vehicles. The charge will become the biggest chunk towards the property. That’s something to think about if you’re considering living with an electric vehicle.

If you already live with an electric vehicle, maybe you can give us some tips on how to get the most out of the experience for us. We could use some, because there will be more electric vehicles to come.

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