Ford Delays Three-Row Electric SUV To 2027

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Ford has delayed the plans to build its next-generation three-row electric SUV by two years. The upcoming family SUV, which Ford CEO Jim Farley once described as a “personalized bullet train,” is now slated to arrive by 2027, instead of 2025.

The Dearborn automaker cited that the additional time was required to let the consumer market mature and in the meantime, benefit from the ongoing advancements in battery technology. 

Doug Field, Ford’s chief officer of EV and digital systems indicated last year that the family SUV would arrive by 2025 with 350 miles of range. It would be an Explorer-sized EV made in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. 

The North American version of the next-generation Explorer is not to be mixed with the Explorer that’s currently on sale in Europe—that one is based on Volkswagen’s modular electric drive toolkit, commonly known as the MEB platform. Ford’s family SUV for North America will be based on a bespoke BEV native platform. 

Similar to Toyota, Ford stated that it would continue to focus on its existing line-up of gas, hybrid, PHEV and BEV line-up, contingent on demand. There’s also a range of affordable EVs under what Ford calls a “skunkworks” project. 

“We are committed to scaling a profitable EV business, using capital wisely and bringing to market the right gas, hybrid and fully electric vehicles at the right time,” Farley said. “Our breakthrough, next-generation EVs will be new from the ground up and fully software enabled, with ever-improving digital experiences and a multitude of potential services,” he added.

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