The Ford Mustang Mach-E has just set a new Guinness World Record for the lowest energy consumption in an electric car, averaging at 10.53 km (6.54 miles) per kWh of energy on a 1,352 km road trip from John O’Groats to Land’s End – the longest “direct distance” journey in the UK.
The record was achieved by BBC transport correspondent Paul Clifton, Fergal McGrath, and Kevin Brooker, who already hold petrol and diesel efficiency records between them.
Driving through the night to avoid congestion, the trio completed the trip in 27 hours, with an average speed of around 50 km/h. But the most impressive part of the record attempt is that they only stopped twice to charge, totalling to just 45 minutes plugged in!
“This record is about demonstrating that electric cars are now viable for everyone,” said the team after setting the record. “Not just for short urban trips to work or the shops, or as a second car, but for real-world use on long cross-country journeys. We’ve proved that, with this car, the tipping-point has been reached.”
“The Ford Mustang Mach-E’s range and efficiency make it an everyday car for tackling unpredictable journey patterns. We did a full day’s testing totalling 250 miles and still had 45 per cent battery charge on our return.”
The Ford Mustang Mach-E used in this record attempt was the rear-wheel drive Extended Range version, packing 88 kWh of battery capacity underneath its floor.
With an average energy consumption of 10.53 km/kWh, that means that the trio could’ve travelled well over 900 km in a single charge. Sure, they probably feathered the throttle to beat the world record, but adding 300 km to the official WLTP-rated range is still an impressive feat.
All that means is that while we may not achieve 900 km from a single charge, modern electric cars should be more than capable of hitting their rated driving range if you drive like a normal human being.
With sufficient fast charging infrastructure around (the Mach-E adds around 115 km of range with 10 minutes of charging on a 150 kW fast charger), there’s really no need for range anxiety any more.