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NewsSay Hello to the First Electric Ford Explorer

Say Hello to the First Electric Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer turns to the life electric

  • Electric Ford Explorer launches in Europe

  • Small electric crossover uses VW bones


Ford has just revealed the first electric Explorer. The Electric Ford Explorer is smaller, with more aerodynamic styling and just two rows of seats. With a super-cool screen that can hide your stuff and change its angle. But the electric version of the nameplate that launched the SUV craze on North American roads might not be coming here.

Ford of Europe is the company that revealed the electric Explorer, and it’s a model clearly designed for that continent. It’s under 4.5 meters long, for a start, more than half a meter shorter than the North American Explorer, and even shorter than the Escape.

It’s clearly an EV, but the shape does still bear some resemblance to both the current and classic Ford Explorer models. Just a lot more chiseled, so it can push through the air more efficiently and maximize electric range. Ford isn’t saying how much range, but the automaker did say that it would fast charge from 10 to 80 percent in just 25 minutes.

Cabin features include Sync Move. A 15-inch portrait-style infotainment screen that can move to multiple positions. Hidden behind the massive screen is a secure console that can hold small valuables out of site. The center console is big enough to hold a 15-inch laptop, and the cargo bay holds 470L with the seats up.

Ford will offer rear-drive and AWD models. It has heated and massage seats and it will have advanced driver assistance features like lane change assist and warnings of approaching cyclists when you’re parked.

But will Ford bring the Electric Explorer here? Or at least will Ford do it in anything that resembles this vehicle? That Ford of Europe revealed the model hints at no, but lets look at the price tag.

The Electric Ford Explorer will go on sale later this year and the price in Europe starts from “less than” 45,000 euros. Take out Germany’s 19 percent tax included in that price and you’re at around $41k US. About the same starting price as the Hyundai Ioniq 5. For a vehicle that is about the same size. That sounds like it could be a winner, and like something Ford should seriously consider as part of its North American electrification plans. Even if they have to change the name to Explorer Sport.

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