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Ford Expanding Electric Lineup With Explorer, Possibly Bronco

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【Summary】Ford is making another massive investment into electric vehicles, which means a few more high-profile electric cars are in the works.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    May 29, 2021 7:45 AM PT
Ford Expanding Electric Lineup With Explorer, Possibly Bronco

Ford may have just unveiled the 2022 F-150 Lightning, but the automaker isn't interested in soaking up all of the attention that it's getting for the electric pickup truck. Instead, the American automaker is already looking ahead to the next big thing. Unsurprisingly, Ford is looking to introduce an all-electric version of another one of its popular vehicles.

Electric Explorer Coming

Earlier this week, Ford announced that 40 percent of its cars that were sold would be all-electric by 2030. In order for Ford to hit that figure, it's going to need to come out with a lot more EVs. To that end, more all-electric versions of Ford's popular vehicles are coming. Ford's North American Product Communications Manager Mike Levine took to Twitter to officially announce that an all-electric Explorer is in the works.

"Yes, we will fully electrify Explorer as you might expect, given our plan to deliver 40% of our lineup as fully electric vehicles by 2030," tweeted Levine.

Obviously, introducing an all-electric version of the Explorer will be a great thing for Ford. The Explorer is the most popular three-row SUV in America. Last year, Ford sold over 200,000 units of the SUV. So, an all-electric vehicle would increase the midsize SUV's appeal and help the automaker reach its goal for EV sales. Since the Explorer is so popular, we don't expect Ford to cut the gasoline powertrains from the lineup and make the Explorer all-electric only.

Bronco EV In The Future?

Additionally, Levine tweeted out a photo collage from one of the automaker's presentations that included an image of another upcoming EV.  The picture had a boxy outline of a vehicle and a spare tire holder on the back, which leads us to believe that Ford is referring to the Bronco. No other vehicle in the automaker's lineup has that outline and spare tire holder.

Of course, more electric vehicles are coming. "There's a new all-wheel drive/rear-wheel drive flexible EV architecture on the way for cargo vehicles, pickups and rugged SUVs!" tweeted Levine.

The upcoming all-electric Explorer will join the Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning, and E-Transit electric van. The upcoming battery-powered Explorer expands on Ford's decision to electrify its most popular and iconic nameplates. First, it was with the Mustang Mach-E, then we saw the F-150 Lightning, and now, an electric Explorer is coming. Ford clearly has a plan and is sticking to it.

Levine finished teasing that more electrified options of the brand's "icon" lineup are coming. We're not quite sure what that means, as "icon" could mean anything. But in terms of the automaker's lineup, the Bronco, Bronco Sport, and Mustang could be next in line to receive an all-electric variant.

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