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Take a business adventure in Ford’s new electric Explorer SUV

 Published 3rd May 2024
Company Fleet  Electric Vehicles  New Launches 

The new Ford Explorer electric SUV is now available, following the completion of its record-breaking test drive.

Adventurer Lexie Alford used the new Explorer to set an official record as the first person to circumnavigate the globe in an electric vehicle. At the end of her journey, she joined a fleet of Ford icons in France for a unique parade celebrating her successful adventure across 27 countries and six continents.

Ford opened its order books for the new Explorer at the event. It is initially be offered with two battery options - a 77kWh rear-wheel drive variant or a 79kWh four-wheel drive model.

The smaller battery offers more range (374 miles versus 329 miles), but the bigger battery model delivers more power and performance (340PS against 286PS and 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds compared to 6.2 seconds). A 55kWh battery is also planned, which will offer 218 miles range.

The Explorer is also rated to tow 1,200kg.

As standard, the Explorer features an adjustable 14.6-inch central touchscreen, heated front seats with a massage function, seven-speaker sound system, 19-inch alloy wheels, wireless smartphone charging, a heated steering wheel, and adaptive cruise control. It also comes with parking sensors, a rear-view camera and a new ‘clear exit’ warning to prevent doors being opened into the path of passing traffic, including cyclists.

Opting for the Premium trim adds 20-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic roof, a 10-speaker sound system, matrix LED headlights and an electrically powered boot.

The interior features a ‘mega console’ that can hold three 1.5-litre drinks bottles as part of 470 litres of cabin storage.

Ford is restricting optional extras to an expanded sunroof with more than 1 square metre of glass surface, and a driver assistance pack, which includes hands-free boot opening, a head-up display, and 360-degree camera.

Explorer drivers can access the BlueOval Charge Network of 600,000 points through the FordPass app, including IONITY and Allego, which is introducing ultra-fast chargers at Ford dealerships.

The electric Explorer is the first vehicle to be assembled at the Ford Cologne EV Centre - and you can now lease it from Gateway2Lease. Company car tax is from just £159 a year.

Ford Explorer fact file

Battery option (kWh) 77 79
DC charging time 10-80% (approx. mins) 28 26
DC max. Charging Power (kW) 135 185
AC max. Charging Power (kW) 11 11
Power (kW) 210 250
Power (PS) 286 340
Torque rear (Nm) 545 545
Torque front (Nm) n/a 134
Torque front (Nm) n/a 134
Range WLTP (miles) 374 329
Electricity consumption (kWh/100 km) 13.9/14.7 15.7/16.6
Max. speed (mph) 111 111
Accel. 0-62 (mph) 6.4 5.3

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Adventurer Lexie Alford in front of the Ford Explorer electric SUV she used to circumnavigate the globe.

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