Today, Ford is hosting its 2021 Capital Markets Day, a virtual presentation with investors outlining the automaker’s plans for the future. So far, we’ve been treated to a host of new information, including the fact that Ford is planning to once again increase its investment in electric vehicle technology through 2025. But while speaking with investors, CEO Jim Farley also revealed that a Ford Explorer EV is in the works, too.
This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, given the success of the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the large amount of interest customers have expressed in the Ford E-Transit and Ford F-150 Lightning. Farley has also recently talked about his desire to electrify Ford’s most iconic nameplates, including, the Ford Bronco. The Explorer is one of Ford’s longest-running, most successful current models, so a Ford Explorer EV makes perfect sense, particularly when the automaker is eyeing an all-electric transition in both Europe and North America in the coming years.
Currently, Ford produces hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Explorer, though the latter is not sold in North America. The regular hybrid model utilizes Ford’s 3.3L Duratec 33 gas engine paired with an electric motor to produce a combined 318 horsepower and 322 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the Explorer PHEV pairs the automaker’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6 engine with an electric motor, generator, and 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery to produce 450 horsepower and 608 pound-feet of torque.
Presumably, a Ford Explorer EV could trump the PHEV’s already impressive output, much the same way the F-150 Lighting will be the most powerful, quickest accelerating model in the Ford F-Series lineup. Farley did not provide any additional details about this future model during his speech, but we’ll certainly be paying close attention to the matter and reporting back as soon as we have more.