Ford has announced plans to launch the all-electric Ford Explorer EV in Europe later this year. The SUV was designed specifically with European buyers in mind and shares the Volkswagen Group's MEB architecture with the Volkswagen ID.4. It will be the first Ford to be built in Germany at its new EV plant in Cologne.

The two-row midsize crossover SUV will have a length of under 177.1 inches (4.5 meters), providing comfortable seating for five passengers. Two trim levels - Explorer and Explorer Premium - will be available for both Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) and All-Wheel Drive (AWD) powertrains. The car is expected to have a starting price of less than $48,500 (€45,000), making it significantly more affordable than the Mustang Mach-E, which starts at $67,600 (€62,900) in Germany.

The Ford Explorer Electric combines German engineering with the brand's iconic American SUV design reimagined for an electric era specifically for European customers. The vehicle looks more rugged than the Volkswagen ID.4, with sharper lines and a boxier build.

Inside the vehicle, users will find comfort and convenience with features such as keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The center console boasts a Portrait-style 15-inch Ford Sync Move center touchscreen, which can be smoothly raised and lowered through an arc of more than 30 degrees. Driving data, battery charge levels, and driver assistance status are displayed on a 5-inch floating digital instrument display. The vehicle has an ergonomic haptic trackpad right under the center screen for controlling features, including the audio system volume and parking technologies.

From a practicality perspective, the vehicle has a 0.6 cubic foot (17-liter) MegaConsole in the center console beneath the armrest, a forward-angled compartment for two large-screen smartphones with standard wireless charger beneath the center display, removable cupholders, a lower storage area, and more. The trunk offers 15.9 cubic feet of luggage space, which expands to more than 49.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Ford has not disclosed the full details about the Explorer EV's powertrain yet. However, the automaker has stated that it will offer responsive and refined RWD and AWD all-electric powertrains that will offer DC fast charging times from 10 percent to 80 percent in as low as 25 minutes.

The electric Explorer SUV also features battery temperature pre-conditioning for optimized charge speeds and charge scheduling. The CCS charge port on the rear fender can charge from Type 2 AC stations using the supplied Ford Public Charge Cable or from DC fast charging stations.

No range estimates have been offered for the Explorer EV yet. However, the vehicle comes with a heat pump that enhances energy efficiency. 

Ford has also assured European customers of access to over 450,000 chargers across Europe this year, with plans to make 500,000 chargers available by 2024. This includes over 2,100 DC fast charging stations that have already been installed at more than 450 locations by the Ionity consortium, of which Ford is a founding member.

The new Ford vehicle is equipped with 12 ultrasonic sensors, five cameras, and three radar devices that collectively monitor 360 degrees around the vehicle to enable a range of driver assistance systems. These driver-assist technologies include Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Assist, and Lane Centering tech enhanced with Assisted Lane Change.

The Explorer electric vehicle is the first of nine all-electric vehicles that Ford plans to introduce in Europe by 2024, including a second MEB-based model and the Puma EV, which will be manufactured in Craiova, Romania.

Source: Ford

Евгений Ушаков
Evgenii Ushakov
14 years driving