Ford Explorer EV Launches in Europe After Delay

The all-electric Ford Explorer is marking its much-anticipated launch in Europe. The Explorer EV was supposed to launch in the middle of 2023, but was delayed in order to meet incoming technical standard for EVs in Europe. The delay however has led to the launch of an improved version with innovations and design tweaks.

The Ford Explorer EV is built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform and now comes with a range of up to 374 miles (602km) based on the WLTP standard, which may translate to around 320 miles (486km) under the EPA’s more stringent testing. This range, which far exceeds the original target of 311 miles (500km), is achievable with the extended-range version equipped with a 77-kWh battery and a 282-hp motor.

For those seeking more power, a 335-hp all-wheel-drive variant is also available, alongside a more budget-friendly standard range rear-wheel drive version with a 52 kWh battery. (via TopGear)

Charging rates are capped at 135kW for the extended range and 185kW for the all-wheel drive variants, with Ford saying the higher rate enables a charge from 10% to 80% in approximately 26 minutes.

The Ford Explorer AWD combines quick charging with rapid acceleration, reaching 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds, and the ability tow up to 1,200 kg (2,645lbs).

The Explorer EV will be priced competitively, with the extended-range version starting at £45,875 (C$78,600/US$57,900) and the standard-range model to follow, priced at £39,875 (C$68,360/US$50,300).

Ford’s Explorer EV launch is accompanied by notable achievements, including being the first EV to circumnavigate the globe, crossing six continents and 27 countries in a journey covering more than 30,000km.

Despite North Americans being obsessed with SUVs, Ford currently has no plans to bring the Explorer EV to Canada or the US. The Explorer EV is built at Ford’s plant in Cologne, Germany.

Credit: Ford
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