Ford’s future electric lineup is coming extra into focus. (No, not that Focus.)
After scoring an enormous win with the F-150 Lightning, Ford is creating a brand new electric truck that may seemingly go on sale in 2025, according to Automotive News. Details are scarce, however the brand new EV truck will sit alongside an electric Ford Explorer, in addition to the automaker’s Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning, as Ford’s household of electric autos begins to fill out by the mid-point of the last decade.
Ford CEO Jim Farley first teased the brand new truck again in April, noting that it is going to be constructed on the firm’s upcoming Blue Oval City campus in Tennessee. The truck will probably be an “all-new” nameplate, not a redesigned F-150 Lightning, and can assist bolster Ford as a frontrunner in electric vans, Farley stated.
Automotive News has some extra hypothesis concerning the truck:
While particulars are scarce, it could possibly be a distinctly styled full-size pickup underneath the F-Series umbrella that might be marketed extra towards retail patrons whereas the standard Lightning made in Michigan could be centered on business gross sales.
The concept that Ford would introduce a brand new nameplate moderately than electrify one in all its current merchandise, equivalent to the favored Maverick and Bronco marques, signifies that the automaker is feeling bullish about its electrification plans. A spokesperson for the corporate declined to remark on “future product speculation.”
The report reiterates Ford’s plans to launch manufacturing of an all-electric Explorer SUV by the top of 2024. The Explorer EV will probably be constructed on the firm’s manufacturing unit in Oakville, Ontario, after a previous plan to produce it alongside the Mustang Mach-E in Cuautitlan, Mexico, was scrapped. The Oakville facility, the place the gas-powered Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus are constructed, is within the technique of being transformed to an EV-only plant, Automotive News experiences.
Sales of the brand new Explorer EV are anticipated to start in 2025, although provide chain disruptions and battery materials shortages have delayed the automaker’s EV plans previously.
Farley has hinted at all-electric variations of the new Bronco SUV and Maverick compact pickup, however Automotive News signifies that in the interim, we’re solely more likely to get a hybrid model of the Bronco to compete with the Jeep Wrangler 4xe by 2024. Hybrid variations of the Bronco Sport and Ranger pickup are additionally within the works.
Ford has stated it needs to be “the clear No. 2 electric vehicle maker in North America within the next couple years and then challenge for No. 1” — although growing competitors from different legacy automakers might complicate that objective. Ford was lately surpassed in EV gross sales by Hyundai and Kia, which bought 21,467 electric autos between January and May of this yr. Ford, by comparability, bought 15,718 EVs throughout the identical interval.