When an electric vehicle consumes about 15 kWh of energy per hundred kilometers, it is generally considered a great value. Common numbers range from eighteen to twenty-one, and anything over 30 is a lot if the car doesn’t have a large enough battery or at least the driving skills. The record for the lowest consumption is 9.5 kWh / 100 km, respectively. British averages are 6.54 miles per kilowatt-hour.
Mustang Mach-E Initially in John O’Groats…
This is a really great value, but it’s not an absolute record. It has been crossed on the public road at least once, in 2018 by Pierre Desjardins behind the wheel of a Renault ZOE R110 with 40 kWh battery in 2018. He drove on the Peripheric Pass and consumed 7.87 kWh / 100 km.
So why is Ford talking about the record, and why did the Guinness Book of Records issue a certificate? This is depreciation on a particular route. The certification states “the lowest energy consumption when driving from John O’Groats to Land’s End in an electric vehicle.”
… and finally at Land’s End
If you feel it’s a bit comical, you’re not alone. However, this way is not just nonsense. John O’Groats is the northernmost point on the island of Great Britain, the largest of the British Isles, and Land’s End point is the westernmost point.
The distance between these two points is the largest overland distance between two inhabited places in the United Kingdom. According to Mapy.cz, its fastest version is 1,349 km. The shortest of them, which use narrow roads, so they are supposed to last four hours the longest, is 1,313 km.
Of course, Mach-E couldn’t do that without charging – it stopped twice at fast chargers. Spent a total of 45 minutes charging. It was a variant with an 88 kWh battery and a rear-wheel drive, which according to the WLTP standard is to travel 610 kilometers on a single charge.
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