Production of the redesigned Ford Ranger began at the Silverton Assembly plant in South Africa nearly one year ago, and just a few weeks later, was ramped up to meet higher-than-expected demand. During its retooling process, Ford added a new frame line to that particular facility to improve quality and output, too. Last month, Ford Authority reported that the brand new Ford Ranger PHEV – which was just revealed in September – could also be produced at Silverton, and now, that rumor has been confirmed by Ford CEO Jim Farley himself.
Proud to announce the first-ever Ranger Plug-in Hybrid will be produced by our incredible team in South Africa. @FordSouthAfrica currently produces & exports the new #FordRanger to 100+ global markets. Excited to add Ranger PHEV to the lineup! #FordSA100 #FordForSouthAfrica https://t.co/XEpRcCFaG6 pic.twitter.com/EtCGmkAp4x
— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) November 8, 2023
“Proud to announce the first-ever Ranger Plug-in Hybrid will be produced by our incredible team in South Africa,” Farley said via X, adding that this facility “currently produces & exports the new Ford Ranger to 100+ global markets. Excited to add Ranger PHEV to the lineup!”
At first, it seemed as if the Ford Ranger PHEV was destined to be sold only in Europe and Australia at first, though as Ford Authority previously reported, the electrified pickup is expected to launch in the U.S. at some point in the future. Though Ford hasn’t yet announced any power or fuel economy data for the new model, the Ranger plug-in hybrid utilizes the existing Ford 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost plus an electric motor and battery to offer customers 28 miles of electric-only driving range and 7,716 pounds of max towing capacity. Production of the Ford Ranger PHEV is slated to begin in late 2024, with deliveries following in early 2025.