Used Ford Mustang Mach-E long-term test: report 9

The Mustang Mach-E is an electric family SUV with a high-tech interior, but what's it like to live with and is it a good car? We're finding out...

Ford Mustang Mach-E energy consumption when car is on charge

The car Ford Mustang Mach-E Standard Range RWD Run by Jim Holder, editorial director

Why it's here Ford’s first mainstream electric car needs to prove it can compete with the very best electric SUVs

Needs to Offer something more than its rivals – Ford is late to the electric party, so it's overdue a landmark EV

Miles covered 16,013 Price when new £42,530 Price when new with all options £42,530 Value on arrival £33,537 Value now £33,537 Test range 206 miles Official range 273 miles

20 October 2022 – Electric vs petrol vs diesel: which is cheaper?

If, like me, you’re watching your energy use with an eagle eye these days, it might be worth having a comfy chair and stiff drink ready when you plug in an electric car.

My smart meter reckons that we’re spending around 15p per hour on basic electricity, which pops up to around 70p when we’ve put the kettle or toaster on.

Plug in the Ford Mustang Mach-E and it soars to somewhere between £2.50 and £3.50 an hour, depending on how fast the battery is drawing energy. 

Ford Mustang Mach-E charging

But once I’m in that chair, drink in hand, I can do the maths: based on paying 35p/kWh, and averaging around three miles for that, I’m forking out just over 11p per mile travelled.

At today’s prices and at 50mpg, a petrol car would cost you about 15p a mile. A 70mpg diesel would cost you about 11p a mile. Both MPG figures seem generous as an average.

So I reckon I’m still up by running an electric SUV, if not quids in. For now.

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