The next-generation Ford Ranger is slated to arrive in North America in 2023 as a 2024 model year vehicle, and will likely remain on the market until at least 2030, indicating that The Blue Oval isn’t interested in doing away with the ICE version of the pickup anytime soon. However, according to a recent report by AutoForecast Solutions, a potential Ford Ranger electric pickup could enter the market sooner rather than later, and will therefore be sold alongside its gasoline-powered sibling.
AutoForecast Solutions indicated that the Ford Ranger electric is expected to launch in 2029, and will enter production in early August of that same year. Production of the EV pickup is then expected to run through July 2037 at the massive, all-new BlueOval City complex in Tennessee. This facility is also expected to be responsible for production of the the next-generation Ford F-150 Lightning, along with the forthcoming Ford Bronco electric, which is expected before the end of the decade. It’s highly likely that all three of the aforementioned vehicles will be underpinned by the automaker’s all-electric TE1 platform.
This news all but confirms an earlier report of a potential Ford Ranger electric, as was discussed by Lars Krause of Volkswagen. Ford and Volkswagen signed on a partnership agreement back in 2020, laying the framework for joint projects in the future. This includes two Ford EV crossovers that will ride on VW’s MEB platform, and will be produced at the Ford Cologne Assembly plant in Europe.
However, customers interested in a Ranger EV rather than an ICE-powered pickup may not have to wait until 2029 to get one – at least in part. Another recent report indicated that there could be a happy medium introduced to the lineup in 2025 in the form of a Ford Ranger electric plug-in hybrid.