By the end of this decade, the Ford Ranger will receive an all-electric version, drive understands, according to Ford Chief Financial Officer John Lawler.
The automaker’s chief financial officer told attendees at the Detroit auto show that Thailand, where the Ranger pickup and Everest SUV are made, will be the brand’s hub for future electric vehicles.
“Thailand will become a center for the production of zero-emission cars. As these changes [towards electrification] come around the world, we’re going to be a part of this… [the] Ranger is a huge opportunity and a cornerstone for us [markets outside North America]. It is incredibly important to us, [and] we’re excited about the possibilities,” Lawler said drive.
An all-electric range for the Ranger will come after the pickup model gets a hybrid powertrain, which Ford Europe has confirmed is in development. That will happen in about two years, as a Ford Europe representative said the Ranger will be “zero-emissions” by 2024.
Meanwhile, Ford’s commercial vehicle partner Volkswagen will reportedly abandon the PHEV electrification phase and instead go straight to an all-electric version of its Amarok pickup, likely in the second half of the model year. life cycle; however, the German brand’s plans for an electric pickup have not been confirmed drive.
Additionally, the Ford Everest could also have an all-electric drivetrain, given that the ladder-frame SUV is built on the same underpinnings as the Ranger pickup. However, the Blue Oval refused to give a timetable for the arrival of the zero-emissions Everest.
“We haven’t announced anything, but I really like where we’re going from an engineering and design standpoint,” Lawler said, adding that an electric pickup offers “huge opportunities” from “the freedom of not being limited by an engine,” he said.
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