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Ford Expedition Electric Should Follow The F-150 Lightning: Opinion

The first 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning deliveries are underway as the strategically-important EV pickup appears to be a massive hit, at least by early standards. The critically-acclaimed F-150 Lighting sold out quickly for the 2022 model year, exceeding FoMoCo’s expectations by a long shot and prompting it to significantly ramp up its planned production over the coming years as it remains the most-considered EV pickup on the market. To us, that early success is only proof that a Ford Expedition electric SUV should be the next big all-electric Blue Oval product.

There are a number of reasons why we think a Ford Expedition electric model would be a huge hit, much like the F-150 Lightning. For starters, a three-row, full-size EV SUV could have the same impact on the market that the F-150 Lightning is having on the full-size truck market, and currently, it would have no competition in that regard. An EV version of the Expedition could also help it regain some clout in that segment, particularly as the Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are currently beating it in terms of sales. Additionally, the refreshed 2022 Ford Expedition doesn’t offer the twin-turbo Ford 3.5L V6 PowerBoost hybrid as an option, while the refreshed 2023 Toyota Sequoia comes standard with the automaker’s i-Force Max hybrid powertrain.

Sales Numbers - Mainstream Full-Size SUVs - Q1 2022 - USA

MODEL Q1 22 / Q1 21 Q1 22 Q1 21 Q1 22 SHARE Q1 21 SHARE
CHEVROLET TAHOE +4.08% 23,979 23,038 31% 27%
CHEVROLET SUBURBAN +11.50% 12,424 11,143 16% 13%
GMC YUKON +2.03% 12,123 11,882 16% 14%
GMC YUKON XL +39.49% 9,173 6,576 12% 8%
FORD EXPEDITION -56.35% 9,718 22,263 13% 26%
JEEP WAGONEER * 7,055 * 9% 0%
NISSAN ARMADA -78.38% 1,643 7,598 2% 9%
TOYOTA SEQUOIA -79.28% 422 2,037 1% 2%
TOTAL -9.46% 76,537 84,537

The refreshed 2022 Ford Expedition – which was revealed last September, along with Timberline and Stealth Performance Package variants – continues to ride on the Ford T3 platform, which it shares with the Ford F-150 and Lincoln Navigator. Thus, it would presumably be easy for The Blue Oval to electrify the full-size SUV, giving it the media buzz and clout that it needs to become even more competitive in a highly-competitive segment.

Since its launch, the 2022 Expedition has earned a host of accolades, including landing on Kelley Blue Book’s Best Family Cars of 2022 list and scoring KBB’s Best Full-Size SUV honors. We think that a Ford Expedition electric could go a long way in giving the model a boost, but we also want to hear what our readers think – so be sure and vote in the poll below and tell us whether or not Ford should build an Expedition EV!

We’ll have more on the Expedition soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Expedition news and continuous Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. Rob

    I would order one yesterday! I can’t understand why anyone would choose the GM options when the won the unenviable tilt left of worst quality vehicle sold just 2 years ago with their latest platform. The Expedition has only become more handsome and classy with the subtle front end enhancements over the past two years. Before I placed an order for the new Hummer 1st Edition I investigated to see if Ford was going to electrify the Expedition or the the Navigator. If, when they do I would rather a 3 row long edition over the pickup for road trips.

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  2. c

    Maybe for the 2024 refresh. An electric variant along with the Navigator is a posssibility, especially since Lincoln already stated 4 new EVs are coming between 2023 and 2026.

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  3. Reno

    Expedition EV with a large Frumk would replace the minivan instantly !

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    1. Lurch

      It would be a viable alternative!

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  4. Andrew

    My only concern is it would be $75k+ for the 300 mile range just as it is in the f-150.

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  5. R Johnson

    I found it frustrating that they haven’t even offered a hybrid option for the latest refresh. Hopefully the next very near move for Ford is to go electric with the Expedition/Navigator as my order will be in.

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  6. rich wride

    Would really like to see PowerBoost come to the Expedition even more than full electric. Would be nice to have plug in option with it so that it could also be charged at home.

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  7. RP

    Would be one of the first in line for it. Keep all the outlets, towing capacity and frunk from the F-150. Increased range to 400+ would be nice.

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  8. Chet

    I’d prefer an Expedition Powerboost Hybrid, with or without the 3rd row seat. Or make the 3rd row seat removeable! Then we’d have an option to travel with less weight, improving mileage; an ability to carry loads ( without the additional 3rd row seat weight), etc. my old Suburban had removeable 3rd row seats, and i took advantage of that on many occasions.

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