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While rivals have been quickly building their electric car ranges, Ford has been a little slow out of the blocks. The Mach E is an impressive but expensive car which has been hobbled in the UK by supply issues and eye-watering price rises.
The new Explorer will change that. It will be built in Europe and is aimed right at the most popular type of car in the UK – the medium sized SUV. At 4.4 metres long, it’s almost exactly the same length as the best-selling Nissan Qashqai.
If you are thinking the Explorer name is familiar, it’s been used before on a big gas-guzzling American SUV which was briefly sold in the UK a couple of decades ago. It wasn’t a huge success here, but it had a moment of fame in Jurassic Park. This new model makes that old SUV look like a real dinosaur, with an all-electric powertrain instead of a big V6.
Underneath the Ford-designed body are the mechanical bits borrowed from Volkswagen’s electric cars. That means it shares the motor – or motors if you opt for the four-wheel-drive version – and battery packs with cars like the ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq. That means the Explorer offers up to 335bhp and all-wheel drive, up to 335 miles of range, and 10-80 per cent charge in 25 minutes using DC fast-charging up to 170 kW.
In terms of size (and expected price) the Ford sits in between the ID.3 and ID.4/Enyaq. It will also put a Ford spin on the tech and connectivity.
Join Tom as he takes a look around Ford’s all-new electric SUV. Will the new Explorer be on your shortlist or will you opt for something else? As always, we love to hear your opinions, so get typing in the comments below.
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