The automobile company Ford unveiled the Explorer EV on Tuesday.
The €45,000 model, which will be sold in Europe, has little in common with the internal combustion vehicle of the same name.
The Explorer EV is smaller, has an entirely new design inside and out, and has a nearly €10,000 higher starting price.
Few details, including electric range and performance data, have been released, though Ford says the Explorer EV will be available in both AWD and RWD configurations.
The Explorer EV has several novel features on the inside, including a large 15-inch screen that can tilt to reduce glare.
Throughout the dashboard, capacitive buttons are used, and a large compartment that can store and charge two smartphones is standard. Unlike the current Explorer, the Explorer EV seats five instead of seven.
While the electric range has not been specified, Ford claims that the Explorer EV can be charged from 10% to 80% in just 25 minutes.
The Ford Explorer EV is one of two vehicles built by Ford on VW Group’s all-electric “MEB” platform.
Ford has stated that it has no plans to bring this vehicle to the United States.
Since its introduction in 1991, the Ford Explorer has been the company’s mainstay sport utility vehicle.
Ford sold over 445,000 Explorers in 2000, but sales have remained stable since 2015.
Ford sold 207,673 Explorers in 2022, making it one of the best-selling SUVs from an American manufacturer, according to Kelly Blue Book.