The Ford Explorer will reportedly add an EV variant. However, Automotive News claims that production of the Explorer EV has been delayed to December 2024 in order for the brand to focus on higher-profile electric vehicles such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E and upcoming F-150 Lightning.
Unfortunately, Explorer EV specs and horsepower figures haven't been announced. As it stands, the vehicle is expected to be Ford's first three-row 100%-electric SUV. The Mach-E, which arrived in early 2021, is a smaller crossover only available in a two-row layout with seating for up to five.
As an EV variant of an existing vehicle, the Explorer could be in a good position to attract buyers. Separately, Lincoln is said to be planning an all-electric Aviator SUV based on the same platform. At the moment, the Explorer is available in either a gas or gas-electric hybrid configuration.
For reference, the Mach-E has an electric range of up to 305 miles depending on the configuration. The Tesla Model X is currently rated at up to 332 miles. While it remains unclear where the Explorer will land exactly, a growing field of EV competitors offers between 250 and 300 miles.
Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
Pictured: 2021 Ford Explorer