Ford has filed a trademark application for the names Ranger Lightning and Maverick Lightning with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), CarBuzz reports, suggesting that the Blue Oval is preparing two more all-electric pickup models in the foreseeable future.
The Lightning name was recently used to denote an all-electric version of the F-150 full-size pickup, and its addition to the Maverick and Ranger suggests the same direction for the midsize pickup duo.
Hints at an all-electric version of the Ranger came at the premiere of the F-150 Lightning, when Ford CEO Jim Farley said another electric truck “that’s different from the F-150” has already begun testing. CarBuzz, and it will likely be an electric version of the Ranger; Farley also said last year that an all-electric Maverick could materialize.
Ford T6 platform engineer Ian Foston confirmed that the Ranger is indeed ready for electrification. Automotive expert wrote “The life cycle of the platform is 10 to 12 years. we [decided that] electrification will be something we should consider in the future.
“So we made sure the platform was capable of that and designed the electrification of it to make sure all the different powerplant technologies could fit on the platform in the future,” Foston said.
In its current state, the Maverick receives electrification via a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine with two electric motors, providing a total system output of 191 hp. and 210 Nm of torque.
Meanwhile, Ford of Europe said last year that the Ranger “will be zero-emissions capable” by 2024, referring to the plug-in hybrid version of the pickup that the automaker unveiled in a statement ahead of the launch of the current generation.
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