For some time, the Ford Explorer Electric crossover was slated to launch for the 2024 model year, adding yet another EV to The Blue Oval’s lineup in the process. However, that plan was reportedly contingent on the Explorer and Lincoln Aviator EVs being built alongside the Ford Mustang Mach-E at the Cuautitlan Assembly plant in Mexico – not the Chicago Assembly plant, where those models are currently produced. That plan was later scrapped and both variants were pushed back as a result, though Automotive News is now reporting that the Ford Explorer Electric is now on track to launch in early 2025.
The Explorer and Aviator EVs will reportedly enter production at the Oakville Assembly plant in Canada in late 2024, which will be retooled for the production of five all-electric models. The Blue Oval also reportedly teased the Explorer EV to select dealers, showing them some early video renderings of the electrified crossover that featured a large touchscreen similar to the unit present in the Ford F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E.
Ford CEO Jim Farley originally hinted that an Explorer EV was in the works back in May of 2021 at the automaker’s Capital Markets Day, a virtual presentation with investors outlining the automaker’s plans for the future. Farley has also previously discussed his desire to electrify Ford’s most iconic nameplates, including the Ford Bronco. The Explorer is one of the automaker’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.
Back in June, Farley hinted that the company’s future EVs won’t emulate the F-150 Lightning’s approach of looking just like its ICE-powered brethren, and he went so far as to say that traditional Explorer customers may not like the all-electric vehicles the automaker is cooking up, which could indicate that the all-electric version of the crossover will look quite a bit different than the gas model.
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Just returned home from a 850 mile road trip in our 2021 Explorer. It took thirteen hours. I had to re-fuel after 500 miles. That took all of ten minutes. We make this trip six or seven times a year.
It frightens me to think how long this trip will take with an EV. I know, sooner or later, the charges on the EV will get better. My fear is pulling off the freeway in the middle of nowhere to use a charger and it it broken. Or, there are five vehicles waiting ahead of me. My daylong trip will probably be turning into three days.
Electric isn’t all its cracked up to be. There are many hidden costs and things you just won’t be told. First, they are very costly. Battery replacement is very costly. Battery disposal fees will not be cheap. The electric companies will raise the cost of electricity to keep their shareholders happy. Installing a charging unit in your garage is costly. Start adding it up.
In the mean time, all the politicians and Jim Farley, will be flying overhead in their private jets not worrying about where the next charging unit might be. I don’t think they will be too worried about how clean the air is either. And I’m not whipping on Jim. I know him and like him. He’s a good guy who really likes cars.
Totally agree : a friend (Who was an engineer and did all the research ). Leased a Tesla With the intention of visiting his son more often in Maryland after two or three trips he sold the car to a Jeep dealer because he could not make it on one charge …stopping.. driving 20 minutes off the interstate etc. etc. these manufacturers are wasting their Energy sucking up to the government for cash, we know they can build electric cars blah blah blah big deal … There is no real need for EV vehicles unless it’s something you personally want! Forcing manufacturers and people into these vehicles is a ridiculous ruse its a scam !!! Even with a national charging scenario which doesn’t exist at this time the grid won’t handle them in some states.. (and we all know where the electricity needs to come from ) this country needs to wake up the woke need to be sent packing !
Tenrten you’re kinda missing the point. Not understanding climate science is fine, just don’t condemn things that you don’t understand because you don’t understand them.
The government isn’t forcing Ford to build these things. Customer demand is. Ford has sold out!!! of every F-150 that they can make for the 2023 model year not to mention the 2022 model year!!! The amount of money that the government puts into electric cars is miniscule compares to the amount of money we put into just one nuclear carrier or sub. The sales of electric vehicles are driven by consumer demand not government , Nissan’s failedmandate. There are no government mandates to by electric cars.
When the government rebate ran out for Teslas did Tesla’s sales crash? No they skyrocketed. Their sales were not driven by the subsidies. When GM introduced their first electrics did they succeed? Nope they failed miserably. They weren’t desirable cars. Fiat’s failed. You have to have desirable vehicles not subsidies. Teslas’ and Fords’ are and they succeed the others not so much. Your entire rant is just plain wrong.
Will is smarter than everyone else. Arrogant lefty. Check out the many videos of John Coleman on you tube. It is non biased no agenda just facts. Lets see if Will is smart enough to admit he is wrong. I say no. The truth doesn’t care about your feelings. The liberals can’t handle the truth.
What an amazing thing to claim reason and logic is an insult. He’s absolutely right; and left or not, you had to fall back on playground insults instead of responding to his points. Way to go Dwayne, you sure showed Will and anyone with more than two marbles rolling around their noggin.
I’ve driven 10,000 miles this summer in my EV (BMW i4), and I’ve had zero issues on my road trips. Also, I’m spending next to nothing on fuel costs ($200 total for the 10,000 miles), thanks to cheap charging at home and free overnight charging at my hotels while road tripping. I’ve never waited in line at a public charging station and have never had to charge for more than 30 minutes. Traveling with an EV is different and requires some additional planning, but it is stress-free and SO inexpensive with respect to “fuel” costs.
Ya we believe you Greg.
Grateful that the Inflation Reduction Act is supporting building out both the charging Infrastructure and the incentives to develop greater battery capacity/efficiency such that ranges like 500 to 600 are possible.
Right now, in my Ford Escape HEV I get 700 to up to 800 miles in range without needing to recharge, because the ICE and my deceleration/braking recharge my modest 1.1kWh HVB.
I am not willing to just (yet) to an EV for those long distance trips, and would upgraded to a PHEV with a 14.4kWh HVB so that range between refueling is even greater.
However, by the time EVs are in sufficient quantities and ranges at or above 500 miles, (I suspect 2027 to 2028), I will be there, purchasing one, and charging it with my off-grid solar array and high capacity LiFePo battery storage.
I think you are very correct in your assessment, fighting against every change and attempt to resolve our problems (In this case dependance on oil from countries we have not learnt to work with and the damage to the environment) will not solve our problems. As we expand the use of battery fueled vehicles, the industry is encouraged to invest more in the required research and we will help make the change become practical and desirable.
Snark, I’d like to talk to you about a bridge I’m selling…
My Tesla fanatic brother in law planned a big trip from LA to Wisconsin this summer in his new S. His first stop was to see family in the Bay Area (350 miles).
After the ICE version 5 hour trip took him almost 8, on major route, he decided to return to LA and fly to Wisconsin.
Not very environmentally friendly…