Americans crave electric SUVs—but automakers dream of a slow and orderly transition to e-mobility. Unfortunately for us Yanks, this means that new EV models tend to be launched first in China and/or Europe.
Ford has revealed a new all-electric Explorer, which will be engineered and built in Germany, as part of a strategy to “reinvent the Ford brand in Europe.”
The electric Explorer will be the first EV to be built at scale in the new Ford Cologne EV Centre in Germany. Ford says it will offer an all-electric portfolio of passenger vehicles in Europe by 2030.
Ford is offering no technical details of the new Explorer at this point, but says that it will be available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants, and will be loaded with the latest electronic goodies and conveniences.
The SYNC Move infotainment system features a movable 15‑inch touchscreen that can slide up and down to suit the driver (Tesla, take note), as well as wireless compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There’s a storage space that can accommodate a laptop, and another with a wireless phone charger.
Other bells and whistles include heated front seats and steering wheel, a massaging driver’s seat, individual climate controls, a kick-activated liftgate, and several driver assistance features.
“Explorer is a trailblazer for a new breed of exciting Ford electric vehicles. Steeped in our American roots but built in Cologne for our customers in Europe, it is road trip-ready for the big adventures and fully loaded with everything our customers will need for their daily drives,” said Martin Sander, General Manager, Ford Model e, Europe.
Orders will be accepted “from later this year,” and pricing is expected to start at “less than €45,000.”