Jim Farley Likens Future Three-Row EV SUV to 'Personal Bullet Train'
Ford has teased a new electric-three row SUV with 350 miles of range and set to debut in 2025.
Despite being likened to the Expedition on stage at a Capital Markets Day event, the upcoming model is more likely the Explorer-sized EV that Ford is planning to build.
Ford declined to comment further on the vehicle when reach out to by Car and Driver.
Ford continues to tease nuggets of information on an upcoming electric three-row SUV, the most recent of which came on Monday. An Automotive News staffer tweeted two photos from Ford's Capital Markets Day, along with a report in which Ford's chief officer of EVs confirms the vehicle will come in 2025 and have 350 miles of range.
Doug Field sharing some new details on Ford EVs.
Says a 3-row family SUV is coming in 2025 with a 350-mile range. He likened it to an Expedition. pic.twitter.com/FixnHKIj2Y
— Michael Martinez (@MikeMartinez_AN) May 22, 2023
Some confusion emerged from both the event and the tweet as Field reportedly likened the vehicle to the full-sized Expedition SUV, when the vehicle appears to be sized much closer to the mid-size Explorer. Car and Driver reached out to Ford for clarification, but the manufacturer's spokesperson declined to comment.
The addition of an Explorer-sized EV could generate huge sales for the company. It is a massively popular segment for internal-combustion vehicles, with competitors like the Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander, Kia Telluride, and of course, the Explorer. There is little competition right now in the larger-EV segment, although Kia recently revealed the EV9 SUV, which is to be released for 2024.
The expectation of an electric Explorer is not a new one. Ford made an announcement confirming the electric Explorer in 2021. It also lines up with plans for Ford to begin building EVs at the Oakville, Ontario, plant for which it designated $1.5 billion to adapt from ICE production to EV production.
Speaking on the decision to go after larger vehicles, Ford CEO Jim Farley, speaking to a Yahoo Finance reporter, described the new seven-passenger SUV as "a personal bullet train." He explained that Ford's second-generation EVs are being designed in a completely different way to the first generation of Mach-Es and F-150 Lightnings.
As things stand now, there are no firm details on the upcoming vehicle, though specifics such as size, power, range, and pricing are likely to start coming in as a reveal date draws closer.
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