Last month, following years of rumors and anticipation, the Ford Ranger PHEV finally debuted – albeit with little information to accommodate that reveal. We do know that the electrified pickup will be sold in Europe and Australia at a minimum, and that it will enter production in late 2024, with deliveries set to commence in early 2025. However, Ford hasn’t yet revealed where the Ranger plug-in hybrid will be built, though Cars.co.za seems to believe that The Blue Oval will tab South Africa for that particular task.
Production of the next-generation Ford Ranger began at the Silverton Assembly plant in South Africa late last year following a $1 billion dollar renovation, while the Struandale Engine plant also builds that pickup’s 3.0L V6 Power Stroke diesel engine, as well as 2.0L single- and bi-turbo diesel powerplants in that same part of the world. Thus, it would make quite a bit of sense for the electrified Ford Ranger PHEV to also be built there, and a little investigative work seems to provide some strong evidence that this is precisely what’s set to happen.
Ford process engineer Keerthana Suresh’s LinkedIn profile – who is based out of based in Chennai, India – notes that she is “currently working” on the Ford Ranger PHEV “battery pack assembly process” for the Silverton plant, and also notes that she has a “high-voltage safety level 1 battery pack assembly” certification. Specifically, the profile notes that Suresh is involved directly with “high-voltage safety” at the Silverton plant as well.
On top of that, Ford currently has a job listing posted for a “Battery Assembly Engineering Specialist” in South Africa posted on its global careers site, along with listings for an Engineering Specialist, Battery Assembly; an Engineering Controls Specialist, Battery Assembly; and a Production Process Coach, Battery Assembly – all in South Africa, and in some cases, not only near Silverton, but also Struandale – suggesting that the Ford Ranger PHEV may in fact be built in that particular country, even though no official announcement has been made as of yet.
A special H/T goes out to Ford Authority reader Ryan for passing along this information!