Explorer is Ford’s First Europe Targeted BEV

Ford has finally revealed the first of two BEVs it has been planning for the European market developed using Volkswagen’s electric dedicated MEB platform.

The new all-electric Ford Explorer crossover proudly trumpets its combination of combines German engineering with striking American styling. Explorer is seen as first in a wave of new BEVs from Ford and “forges the way for a complete reinvention of the Ford brand in Europe”, according to the automaker’s press release. The mid-size vehicle has seats for five across two rows.

Its Volkswagen derived electric powertrain claims the ability to fast charge from 10% to 80% in 25 minutes and Ford hopes will have access to more than 500,000 charging points in 25 countries across Europe by 2024. So far, no other powertrain claims are being made.

Cabin technologies include a SYNC Move supersized movable touchscreen and connected infotainment system with audio tailored to the interior, wireless app integration and advanced driver assistance technology. Family friendly design features combined storage of 450 liters in five-seat mode. The 17-liter console between driver and front-seat passenger can hold a 15-inch laptop, combining with a private locker behind the touchscreen and hands-free accessible trunk space.

This will be Ford’s first electric vehicle to be built at scale in the new Ford Cologne EV Campus in Germany. Ford in Europe is also committed to offering an all-electric portfolio of passenger vehicles by 2030. Martin Sander, general manager, Ford Model e, Europe, said: “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.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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