Ford Announced a New Explorer EV, But It Isn't Coming Here

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Ford recently announced a brand-new electric Explorer, but it’s not yet slated for a U.S. release. The almost $50,000 EV is based on VW’s MEB platform and will be built at Ford’s shiny new EV manufacturing facility in Germany. 

Ford touted the Explorer’s German engineering but said it features The Blue Oval’s American styling. The SUV will be offered in two versions and features unique styling immediately recognizable as an Explorer, just from the future. Exterior styling cues include a black C-pillar that imparts a floating roof look, wheel sizes ranging from 19 to 21 inches, and new color choices, such as Lucid Red and Artic Blue.

The interior offers a 15-inch touchscreen and a five-inch driver display like the one in the Mustang Mach-E. Ford equips wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a new seat design, and ambient interior lighting. Ford didn’t elaborate on the specs or range.

The Explorer EV is one of several new electrified models the automaker has planned for Europe over the next two years. Interestingly, the SUV is not coming here – at least in the configurations, it showed. The Explorer EV was specifically designed for the European market and is smaller than the SUV Americans are used to. It’s only 177.1 inches long, almost two feet shorter than the Explorer we get. 

[Image: Ford Europe]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Cprescott Cprescott on Mar 22, 2023

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaa we aren't getting yet another bundle of recalls?

  • El scotto El scotto on Mar 22, 2023

    What to call the European all electric really-Escape Explorer? Town Car? Nope, not for places where two shopping trolleys are a large parking space. Mustang II? No one wants to go there. Cougar? Nope, they get American porn. Thunderbird? No, nor will Sand Wren work either. Two names that really, really won't work well in Europe for an American ride: Marauder or Expedition. Unless Shermans and Dakotas are thrown in for free.

  • EBFlex EBFlex on Mar 22, 2023

    Ford is preparing a report showing the major losses on their stupid electric experiment. Model e has lost over $6 billion dollars since 2021. What does Ford do? Double down on the stupid and release this pig.

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    • EBFlex EBFlex on Mar 23, 2023

      You’re right but this pig should still fall under ford model e, the division that has lost over $6 billion dollars over the past three years (2021-2023). At what point do you just say enough with the virtue signaling and build vehicles people want?

  • StormEagle StormEagle on Mar 27, 2023

    400 miles range