The fact that Ford has long been working on an all-electric version of the Puma crossover is not exactly a well-kept secret, as such a model has been rumored for years now. In fact, an all-electric Puma has been in development for some time now for both Europe – where the Puma has long been a best-seller – and Australia, where the automaker just announced that it will only sell the EV version moving forward. Ford Authority then spied a prototype Puma EV out testing for the first time last November, and now, that model is official – however, it will bear a unique name when it launches – the Ford Puma Gen-E.
The Ford Puma Gen-E was formally announced by the automaker during the reveal of the refreshed 2024 Puma this week, though FoMoCo didn’t provide any additional details about this electrified crossover. Rather, it only noted that the Puma Gen-E is set to make its own public debut “later this year.”
However, the all-new 2024 Ford Transit Courier could offer some clues as to what we can expect from the Puma Gen-E, as it rides on the same platform as the small crossover – not Volkswagen’s MEB platform, which underpins the Ford Explorer EV and an as-yet-unnamed crossover previously spotted testing by Ford Authority as well.
The new E-Transit Courier is powered by a single, front-mounted 134 horsepower electric motor and will support DC fast charging speeds up to up to 100 kW, which could wind up powering the Puma EV, too. The Ford Puma Gen-E will also be built alongside the E-Transit Courier at the Craiova Assembly plant in Romania, where the ICE versions of both models are already produced. Rumors suggest that the Puma EV will utilize a battery pack around 55 kWh in size, giving it roughly 230 miles of range, but it’s quite possible that other variants – including one with more than a single electric motor – could be in the works as well.