It’s no surprise that consumers are fond of SUVs. Also, the mass adoption of electric vehicles by consumers depends on the availability of models that people buy. Combine these two statements and you understand that it is high time that automakers came out with all types of electric SUVs. Gold, Ford confirmed that the electric version popular Explorer mid-size SUV would arrive in 2023.
Ford CEO Jim Farley announced last May that an electric version of the Ford Explorer was in the works. Gold, Automotive News just announced that this electric version will arrive in 2023, presumably as a model of the model year 2024. The media also claims that theElectric Explorer will be assembled alongside the Ford Mustang Mach-E at the Cuautitlan plant in Mexico.
With such an announcement, Ford takes the lead in the mid-size SUV category. Indeed, for the moment, no other manufacturer has announced that an electric version of an already existing three-row mid-size SUV will be offered in the coming years. Instead, automakers’ plans seem to be turning to compact SUVs, which still remain the most popular with consumers.
A logical continuation
The arrival of an electric Ford Explorer is a logical continuation for the manufacturer. In fact, on the North American market, the Ford Explorer has been offered in a hybrid version since its launch in 2020. In addition, a plug-in hybrid version is offered in other markets, notably in Europe, but this one has not. never been offered on the North American market. For the moment, only the Lincoln Aviator – the technical twin of the Ford Explorer – is offered in a plug-in hybrid Grand Touring version. By the way, an electric version of the Lincoln Aviator should arrive around the same time.
The electric Ford Explorer will therefore join an increasingly electrified range of products. At the moment, only the Ford Mustang Mach-E is offered, but it will be accompanied by the Ford F-150 Lightning starting next year. Also, other models should make their entry, including the electric Ford Bronco.