How to remotely start and stop the Mustang Mach E

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Remote starting is a useful feature on many modern cars, electric or otherwise.
It allows the driver to precondition the car. For example, they could turn the air conditioning or heating on, making it a pleasant atmosphere to sit in.
This article will explain how remotely stop and start the Ford Mustang Mach E.
Note that remote starting/preconditioning the cabin differs from preconditioning the batteries.

What does remote start do on the Mustang Mach E?

In the Ford Mustang Mach E, the main emphasis of remote starting is climate control.
Turning remote start on allows for:

  • A preconditioned interior climate (automatic or previous settings)
  • Turning on the heated seats
  • Turning on the heated steering wheel

Doing this will make the cabin much more relaxing to sit in. It’s especially relevant in winter but lovely in summer, too.
You’ll also use marginally less energy on your trip. That’s because, provided your Mach E is plugged in, it’ll condition your car utilizing that power. It won’t touch the stored battery charge. As such, the batteries won’t need to divert so much energy to climate control.
You can alter the settings and turn remote starting on and off on the Mach E. Here’s how.

How to enable or disable the Mustang Mach E’s remote starting

Before you can remotely start the Mach E, you must enable it on the central touchscreen.

  1. Open the vehicle drawer (feature settings) on the touchscreen.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Choose Vehicle.
  4. Tap Remote Start Setup.
  5. Activate or deactivate Remote Start.

Once you’ve activated the remote start feature, you can use FordPass or Phone as a Key to turn your Mach E on.

How to activate remote starting on the Mustang Mach E

You can either utilize Phone as a Key or FordPass to turn your car on. Any authorized smartphones can be used.
To turn on remote start on the Mach E:

  • Press and hold the start button on your screen.
    • You must be within 40 meters (131 feet) of the vehicle.

You’ll see or hear the following:

  • If you’ve successfully turned the Mach E on,
    • the hazard warning lights flash twice and
    • the parking lights turn on.
  • If the Mustang Mach E hasn’t switched on,
    • the horn will sound.

Does remote starting mean you can drive the Mustang Mach E?

Using the Mach E’s remote start feature only activates the car’s 12-Volt appliance circuit. It’s responsible for the lights, heating, radio, etc.
The batteries themselves remain isolated and won’t turn on using remote start.

  • To start driving the car, you’ll need to take a valid key when you get in. Remote starting doesn’t replace this basic function.Activ

How to extend the Mach E’s remote start duration

Remote start doesn’t last indefinitely, of course. If the driver forgot about it, they’d accidentally drain the 12-Volt battery.
Here’s how to adjust the duration.

  1. Use FordPass or Phone as a Key.
  2. Press the addition time button.
    • This doubles the amount of time remote start will be on. For example, if it’s set to 15 minutes, pressing the button gives you another 15.

You can only extend remote start (or reactivate it) once before needing to switch the vehicle on. This protects the circuit and means you can always access your Mustang Mach E.
If you’ve already extended or reactivated remote start once:

  1. Get in the car.
  2. Turn it on and then off again.
  3. You can now use remote start again.

How to turn off remote start

Turning remote start off is equally simple.

  • Press the remote stop button using Phone as a Key or FordPass.

How to adjust the remote start settings

  1. Go to the feature drawer.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Choose Vehicle.
  4. Press Remote Start Setup.
  5. From here, you can change all the available remote start settings.

When does remote start not work on the Ford Mustang Mach E?

You won’t be able to use remote start if any of the following apply:

  • The vehicle is on.
  • Remote start isn’t enabled.
  • You’ve already used remote start twice without turning the car back on (extending or reactivating).
  • The 12 Bolt battery has drained below the minimum operating requirement.
  • The Mach E hasn’t been left in Park.
  • The hood is open.
  • The alarm is sounding.

These limitations help to keep your car safe from thieves and battery drains.

That’s all you need to know about turning remote start on and off in the Mustang Mach E.
For more information, see the owner’s manual, shown here:

owners manual

By Ben Kitchen Ben is a qualified car mechanic with experience working in the industry. He now works as an automotive author, writing about all things vehicle-related. He’s excited about the potential held by electric cars of all shapes, sizes, and types.

Ben Kitchen Ben is a qualified car mechanic with experience working in the industry. He now works as an automotive author, writing about all things vehicle-related. He’s excited about the potential held by electric cars of all shapes, sizes, and types.

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