Should Ford sell this PHEV Ranger in the U.S.?
You’ve heard our bleating little complaint before: Why does Europe get all the cool stuff? That isn’t really the case, of course, but it kind of seems that way when we see products like the first plug-in hybrid Ford Ranger, which starts production in late 2024 with deliveries in early 2025.
“The Ranger Plug-in Hybrid will help customers step forward into an electrified future, with more confidence and capability than ever before, while keeping Ranger at the forefront of innovation and leadership in the mid-size pickup truck segment,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe.
The Hybrid will deliver more torque than any other Ranger by combining the 2.3-liter Ford EcoBoost gas engine (we’ve changed that from “petrol”) with an electric motor and rechargeable battery system—also enabling it to be driven in pure electric mode for a targeted driving range of more than 45 kilometers, known to millions as 28 miles. “Pure electric drive capability opens new possibilities for business owners in growing numbers of towns and cities with low emissions zones,” Ford says.
The maximum braked towing capacity of the Ranger Plug-In Hybrid is a targeted 7016 pounds, or 3,500 kilograms.
Ranger Plug-in Hybrid will also offer Pro Power Onboard, enabling customers to power their power tools and appliances on a worksite or remote campsite by plugging them into power outlets in both the cargo bed as well as the cabin. “That means noisy, bulky, heavy generators can be left at home, leaving more space in the cargo bed for other gear and equipment.” The Ranger Plug-In Hybrid also comes equipped with four-wheel drive and selectable drive modes.
“Our customers want electrified vehicles that deliver strong performance and affordable cost of ownership without compromising what they love about their truck,” Schep said. “The Ranger Plug-in Hybrid is a best-of-both-worlds solution for work, play, and family—offering customers zero-tailpipe emission EV driving for short trips, or hybrid performance that delivers incredible off-road, payload and towing capabilities. And, with Pro Power Onboard for the first time, Ranger owners can power their work sites and campsites easily.”
No word yet when and if the electrified Ranger will be sold in the U.S., and what the European price is, which just saves us the trouble of having to look up the conversion rate. The U.S. 2024 Ranger starts at $34,160, including shipping.
Should Ford consider adapting this powertrain setup for the North American Ranger as well? Let us know in the comments.