21/06/2021

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Ford to offer EV versions of Explorer, Aviator, ‘rugged SUVs’

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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday mentioned a new, dedicated EV architecture would underpin battery-electric variations of the Explorer and Lincoln Aviator crossovers, as effectively as “rugged SUVs” that will go into generation in the decade.

The new autos are section of Ford’s technique to raise its EV choices to 40 per cent of sales globally by 2030 and have been thorough at the company’s Cash Markets Day for traders.

Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief merchandise system and functions officer, mentioned the firm would offer you two new EV architectures: a rear-wheel-push/all-wheel-push system, as effectively as a system dedicated to entire-size pickups.

The rwd/awd system “will underpin a vary of emotive autos slated for generation in between now and 2030,” Thai-Tang mentioned.

That incorporates EV variations of the Explorer and Aviator, which CEO Jim Farley also noted in a presentation. Thai-Tang also mentioned the system will underpin “rugged SUVs,” demonstrating a silhouette of a vehicle that looked equivalent to Ford’s upcoming Bronco.

An electric Bronco and Explorer would healthy in the company’s technique of electrifying its “most legendary products” this kind of as the F-150 and Mustang.

The Explorer, Ford’s No. two-offering nameplate, has been the most popular large crossover in the U.S. each yr considering the fact that 2011 except for a person — 2019, when the Toyota Highlander beat it.

It was not quickly distinct when Ford would commence generation of the EVs or the place they would be constructed.

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