As Ford Authority reported last month, Ford recently revealed that it has doubled its planned EV production from 300,000 units per year to 600,000 annually, a number that will be achieved by products including the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, 2022 Ford E-Transit, and Ford Mustang Mach-E, among others riding on dedicated EV platforms. However, the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator EV – both of which were confirmed earlier this year – won’t contribute to that figure, as both were recently delayed until late 2024. Regardless, Ford already has an idea of how many of these new vehicles it expects to sell, according to Automotive News.
FoMoCo has reportedly told its dealers that it plans to sell around 100,000 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator EV models when the two crossovers launch in late 2024, a reasonable number considering the heavy interest consumers have shown in the Mach-E, F-150 Lightning, and E-Transit thus far. However, it’s still unclear where, exactly, these new EVs will be built.
Previously, The Blue Oval planned to produce both at the Ford Cuautitlan Assembly Plant alongside the Mach-E, but recently scrapped those plans as it aims to ramp up Mach-E production to 200,000 units per year by 2023. Currently, some analysts believe that the Explorer and Aviator EVs are most likely to land at the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant, which produces the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus. Both of those models will reportedly be discontinued in 2024 as the plant is retooled to produce a total of five new EV models, as Ford Authority previously reported.
The ICE-powered versions of the Explorer and Aviator – both of which ride on the Ford CD6 platform – are built at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant. However, that facility is currently operating at capacity and doesn’t have room for EV variants of the two crossovers. Meanwhile, Oakville is expected to have a production capacity of 200,000 units per year once it’s retooled in 2024.