Ford introduced its fourth plug-in hybrid in Europe (after Kuga/aka Escape, and two Transit Custom vans – passenger and cargo).
Its all-electric WLTP range is 42 km (26 miles), which is not bad, but at the same time, we think there was a potential for more because the battery is just 13.6 kWh (a slight increase over the 13.1 kWh mentioned initially).
Anyway, electrification of the Explorer allows Ford to improve the WLTP fuel efficiency to as low as 3.1 l/100 km and CO2 emissions to 71 g/km. Stricter emission requirements in the European Union are probably the main reason behind the introduction of the Explorer PHEV in Europe and at the same time no introduction in the U.S.
The prices in Germany start from €76,000 with taxes ($82,250), but we must remember that only the top trim versions (ST-Line and Platinum) are available as PHEV.
Ford Explorer PHEV specs:
- all-electric range of up to 42 km (26 miles) WLTP or up to 48 km (30 miles) of NEDC
- 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery
- fuel efficiency from 3.1 l/100 km WLTP (from 2.9 l/100 km NEDC) and CO2 emissions from 71 g/km WLTP (66 g/km NEDC)
- all-wheel drive (parallel hybrid architecture)
- system output of 457 PS and 825 Nm of torque (3.0-litre EcoBoost V6 petrol engine, 10-speed automatic transmission and 100 PS/75 kW electric motor)
- charging in 4 hours 20 minutes (wallbox) or 5 hours 50 minutes (230 V AC home outlet)
- 7-seats (2+3+2)
- 2,500 kg (5,511 lbs) of towing capacity
- up to 2,274 litres of load space in two-seat mode
- more than 5 meters long, 2 meters wide and almost 2 meters high