The all-new Ford Explorer EV designed for the European market debuted back in March as the first of two planned all-electric crossovers riding on Volkswagen’s MEB platform. The second – which may resurrect the Capri nameplate – was recently spotted testing in prototype form by Ford Authority, but has yet to be revealed. Now, the Ford Explorer EV is out on a tour in the UK, visiting a host of dealerships in that country and giving the general public a chance to check it out up close prior to its launch next year.
The tour – which kicked off last month – is slated to run through January, and the EV crossover is being accompanied by a number of product specialists who will be on hand to answer any questions about the new model. The Ford Explorer EV that’s participating in this tour is a pre-production prototype, but interested parties will still be able to sit inside of it and check it out up close before order banks open next spring and deliveries begin in the summer. A full list of UK dealerships the Explorer EV is set to visit can be found here.
In the meantime, the launch of the Ford Explorer EV was recently pushed back by around six months because – according to FoMoCo CEO Jim Farley – the automaker “wasn’t happy with thermal propagation,” or the countermeasures around fire pertaining to its battery pack. However, Martin Sander, general manager, Ford Model e Europe, noted that the delay in the start of Ford Explorer EV production at the Cologne Electric Vehicle Center stems from a desire “to wait for a new generation of Volkswagen battery technology to be available.”
The Blue Oval has yet to provide any specs regrading the Explorer EV’s powertrain and battery pack, 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).