Ford’s future electrical lineup is coming extra into focus. (No, not that Focus.)
After scoring a giant win with the F-150 Lightning, Ford is growing a brand new electrical truck that can probably go on sale in 2025, according to Automotive News. Particulars are scarce, however the brand new EV truck will sit alongside an electrical Ford Explorer, in addition to the automaker’s Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning, as Ford’s household of electrical autos begins to fill out by the mid-point of the last decade.
Ford CEO Jim Farley first teased the brand new truck again in April, noting that will probably be constructed on the firm’s upcoming Blue Oval Metropolis campus in Tennessee. The truck will likely be an “all-new” nameplate, not a redesigned F-150 Lightning, and can assist bolster Ford as a pacesetter in electrical vans, Farley stated.
Automotive Information has some extra hypothesis concerning the truck:
Whereas particulars are scarce, it could possibly be a distinctly styled full-size pickup beneath the F-Sequence umbrella that might be marketed extra towards retail consumers whereas the normal Lightning made in Michigan could be targeted on business gross sales.
The concept that Ford would introduce a brand new nameplate slightly than electrify certainly one of its present merchandise, similar to the favored Maverick and Bronco marques, signifies that the automaker is feeling bullish about its electrification plans. A spokesperson for the corporate declined to touch upon “future product hypothesis.”
The report reiterates Ford’s plans to launch manufacturing of an all-electric Explorer SUV by the tip of 2024. The Explorer EV will likely be constructed on the firm’s manufacturing facility in Oakville, Ontario, after a previous plan to produce it alongside the Mustang Mach-E in Cuautitlan, Mexico, was scrapped. The Oakville facility, the place the gas-powered Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus are constructed, is within the technique of being transformed to an EV-only plant, Automotive Information studies.
Gross sales of the brand new Explorer EV are anticipated to start in 2025, although provide chain disruptions and battery materials shortages have delayed the automaker’s EV plans previously.
Farley has hinted at all-electric variations of the new Bronco SUV and Maverick compact pickup, however Automotive Information signifies that in the interim, we’re solely prone to get a hybrid model of the Bronco to compete with the Jeep Wrangler 4xe by 2024. Hybrid variations of the Bronco Sport and Ranger pickup are additionally within the works.
Ford has stated it needs to be “the clear No. 2 electrical car maker in North America throughout the subsequent couple years after which problem for No. 1” — although rising competitors from different legacy automakers could complicate that objective. Ford was not too long ago surpassed in EV gross sales by Hyundai and Kia, which bought 21,467 electrical autos between January and Might of this 12 months. Ford, by comparability, bought 15,718 EVs throughout the identical interval.