All-new Ford Explorer EV joins the likes of Mustang Mach-E for Europe
As early as last year, Ford announced that they will be releasing several electric vehicles (EVs) in a bid to further progress their all-electric future in the coming years. To do this, the brand with the Blue Oval partnered with Volkswagen to utilize the company's MEB platform to build a sport crossover and a medium-sized crossover that runs on pure electric power.
One year later, Ford revealed its first-ever EV in collaboration with Volkswagen. Say hello to the Explorer EV, and it's looking very sleek and futuristic. Utilizing the MEB platform which is also shared with the Volkswagen ID.4, the Explorer EV will serve as the brand's newest EV offering in The Old Continent alongside the Mustang Mach-E.
Engineered and built in Germany, the all-new Explorer EV features a futuristic exterior styling that is paired with what Ford calls an “Adventure-ready” design thanks to its spacious and practical cabin. Starting with the outside first, the automaker gave the EV a muscular and boxy look with some subtle styling cues from the USDM Explorer. Not only does this give the Explorer EV its own unique look, but it also avoids sharing the same exterior as the ID.4.
While we can admire the exterior of the Explorer EV all day, it's time to check out the cabin which Ford made sure can carry plenty of items. Starting with the rear cargo space, Ford says that with the rear seats up, the Explorer EV can carry 470 liters worth of luggage. Meanwhile, the 17-liter center console between the driver and front passenger can store a 15-inch laptop to keep it safe from prying eyes.
On the technology front, the Explorer EV comes with a massive 15-inch touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Aside from the fact that it's huge, the touchscreen itself is movable and can smoothly slide up and down depending on driver preference. The screen itself also conceals a private locker storage space to keep valuables safe. Other available features include a smart power tailgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, a massage function for the driver's seat, and keyless entry.
Ford is still coy about the Explorer EV's technical specifications. However, the automaker did mention that it has a fast-charging capability which will allow the crossover to recharge from 10% to 80% in just 25 minutes. Moreover, the Explorer EV will be available in RWD and AWD configurations.
Should it share the same electric powertrain as the ID.4, we won't be surprised if it will come with a single rear-mounted electric motor that doles out 204 PS with 309 Nm of torque. In addition, it could also come with a 77 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that will give it a range of around 520 km on a full charge. It's also rumored to be available with a dual-motor powertrain that will reportedly generate 340 PS and have a range of around 491 km thanks to a bigger battery pack.
Should Ford actually bring its electrified models to the country, could the Explorer EV make sense in the Philippines? Let us know what you think.