Other revisions include more range, more power, faster charging, and a lower MSRP.
The dual voltage charging cable can still be purchased as an accessory.
We don’t know if this change will also be applied to Canada.
Buyers of the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E will now have to tick a box on the order form if they want their electric SUV to come with a charging cable.
Previously standard, this 20-foot mobile cord that accepts both 120 and 240 volts has been moved to the accessories list for the new model year.
While this might seem like a cost-cutting move from the automaker, it is important to note that the 2023 Mach-E is also more powerful than before, it has more range and it charges faster.
The advertised price is also lower for the new model year by up to US $5,000 for some versions, however, this is not exactly true in practice.
Indeed, the electric SUV now only qualifies for $3,750 in federal tax credits in the United States and the automaker’s destination charge has increased by $300, which means buyers will end up paying slightly more for a similarly equipped model.
Despite this, the fact that the charging cable is now a $500 option (curiously only $470 if bought separately from the vehicle) is not going to be a deal breaker for most drivers.
Indeed, this type of cable supplied with electric vehicles is better viewed as a backup plan rather than a primary charging solution.
This is because while it allows charging on a standard 120-volt household outlet or a 240-volt dryer plug, this cable leads to incredibly slow charge speeds.
This means it can be used to provide a boost if the next charging station is outside of the vehicle’s remaining range, but it can’t be relied upon as the sole charging means for someone who uses their vehicle every day.
Tesla has taken the same step by making the previously standard mobile connector a $230 option on the Model Y.
Ford’s Canadian website doesn’t show the cable as an available accessory at the time of writing, but this could change later as we don’t know if the automaker will decide to use the same strategy as in the U.S.