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

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday reported a new, dedicated EV architecture would underpin battery-electric powered versions of the Explorer and Lincoln Aviator crossovers, as perfectly as “rugged SUVs” that will go into creation within just the decade.

The new autos are element of Ford’s tactic to strengthen its EV choices to forty percent of gross sales globally by 2030 and were being specific at the firm’s Funds Marketplaces Day for investors.

Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s main solution system and operations officer, reported the corporation would give two new EV architectures: a rear-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive system, as perfectly as a system dedicated to complete-dimension pickups.

The rwd/awd system “will underpin a range of emotive autos slated for creation concerning now and 2030,” Thai-Tang reported.

That incorporates EV versions of the Explorer and Aviator, which CEO Jim Farley also noted in a presentation. Thai-Tang also reported the system will underpin “rugged SUVs,” displaying a silhouette of a motor vehicle that looked identical to Ford’s forthcoming Bronco.

An electric powered Bronco and Explorer would match within just the firm’s tactic of electrifying its “most iconic goods” these as the F-a hundred and fifty and Mustang.

The Explorer, Ford’s No. 2-promoting nameplate, has been the most well-liked big crossover in the U.S. each and every calendar year because 2011 besides for 1 — 2019, when the Toyota Highlander conquer it.

It was not quickly crystal clear when Ford would commence creation of the EVs or where they would be constructed.