Fri. Sep 22nd, 2023
    Ford Ranger to Introduce Plug-In Hybrid Option in 2024 or 2025

    The Ford Ranger, a popular truck in Australia, is set to introduce a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) gasoline option by late 2024 or early 2025. This will be the second plug-in hybrid truck in the segment. While plug-in hybrids have had lower popularity compared to fully electric vehicles in Australia, Ford believes that this technology could attract customers who use electric tools or require electrical support during camping trips.

    The Ford Ranger PHEV boasts a maximum electric-only range of 45 km, with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine providing an estimated range of over 600 km in ideal conditions once the battery is depleted. According to Ford executives, 48% of Ranger owners drive less than 40 km per day, which aligns perfectly with the electric mode range.

    The Ford Ranger PHEV is expected to be available in different models, including a package for fleet operators. The towing capacity will be maintained in diesel models but not in fully electric mode, and the suspension has been improved to accommodate the additional weight of the plug-in hybrid technology.

    The Ford Ranger plug-in hybrid will feature three hybrid modes: the Auto mode will alternate between the gasoline engine and electric motor as needed, the Now mode will force the vehicle to solely use the electric motor, and the Later mode will save battery energy for use when necessary, such as in construction sites or zero-emission driving zones. The vehicle will also be equipped with three 10-amp power outlets: two in the truck bed for electric tools or camping equipment, and one in the cabin for a portable fridge or laptop.

    Although pricing and specifications have not been announced, the Ford Ranger PHEV is expected to be available in different models, including a base XL model, an intermediate XLT model, and the flagship Wildtrak model, by the end of next year or early 2025.

    – Joshua Dowling | The Sydney Morning Herald