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European Ford Explorer EV Launch Pushed Back By Six Months

The all-new Ford Explorer EV was revealed for the European market this past March, and it’s also the first of two Blue Oval crossovers slated to ride on Volkswagen’s MEB platform. Production of the new Ford Explorer EV was originally scheduled to begin at the Cologne Electric Vehicle Center in Germany – which just underwent a billion dollar revamp – in early 2024, with around 30,000 total units planned to be built next year. However, The Blue Oval recently announced that it was pushing back its plans to build 600k EVs next year in total, and now, that news has been accompanied by a delay for the Ford Explorer EV launch as well, according to Electrive.

According to this report, production of the Ford Explorer EV has been delayed by around six months, and it’s due to the installment of new global safety regulations related to the car’s powertrain. However, the report doesn’t specify which regulations have led to this delay, and there are no powertrain-related rules in the works in the EU at this time.

As far as actual timing goes, the report notes that the Explorer EV is expected to launch at some point next summer, though it doesn’t give a specific timeline, either. However, production of the new crossover was originally expected to begin this month following the plant’s summer pause, with a slow ramp up planned before sales began early next year. Regardless, workers at the Cologne plant were reportedly informed just yesterday that production has been pushed back several months.

Months after the debut of the Ford Explorer EV, we still don’t have specifics in regards to the crossover’s powertrain, including output and range estimates, though we do know that the new model will be available in two trim levels – Explorer and Explorer Premium – and that it will start out at around €45,000 ($48,513 USD).

We’ll have much more on the new electric Ford Explorer soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Explorer news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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