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 may possible go on sale in 2025, in response to Automotive Information. 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 automobiles 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 probably be an “all-new” nameplate, not a redesigned F-150 Lightning, and can assist bolster Ford as a pacesetter in electrical vehicles, Farley mentioned.
Automotive Information has some extra hypothesis in regards to the truck:
Whereas particulars are scarce, it may very well be a distinctly styled full-size pickup beneath the F-Collection umbrella that might be marketed extra towards retail consumers whereas the normal Lightning made in Michigan can be targeted on business gross sales.
The concept Ford would introduce a brand new nameplate quite 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 top of 2024. The Explorer EV will probably be constructed on the firm’s manufacturing facility in Oakville, Ontario, after a earlier plan to provide 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 strategy of being transformed to an EV-only plant, Automotive Information experiences.
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 prior to now.
Farley has hinted at all-electric variations of the brand new Bronco SUV and Maverick compact pickup, however Automotive Information signifies that in the interim, we’re solely more likely 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 mentioned it desires to be “the clear No. 2 electrical car maker in North America inside the subsequent couple years after which problem for No. 1” — although rising competitors from different legacy automakers might complicate that aim. Ford was lately surpassed in EV gross sales by Hyundai and Kia, which bought 21,467 electrical automobiles between January and Might of this 12 months. Ford, by comparability, bought 15,718 EVs throughout the identical interval.