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An Electric Ford Explorer Was Also Confirmed

Ford Bronco EV Lightning Electric SUV Ford Capital Markets Day

As far as we can observe, the entire automotive industry is pivoting towards so-called “zero emissions” where everything will be powered by a chemical cocktail of rare earth minerals mined from far away places under questionable means, to which China appears positioned to largely benefit from this paradigm shift. Never mind all of that though, as today we’d simply like to bring to light how Ford Motor Company is no longer being coy with its all-electric long game. And there’s new evidence of an upcoming Ford Bronco EV, described as a “rugged SUV” in the presentation. Perhaps to eventually be called the Ford Bronco Lightning.

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A Full Ford Bronco SUV Portfolio

The 2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door and 4-Door SUV have yet to reach customers, but the future of the iconic nameplate appears to involve a propulsion system for nearly every taste. At launch the Bronco will be gas-only, with a standard 2.3L EcoBoost turbo four, and an optional 2.7L EcoBoost turbo six.

Down the road, a Ford Bronco Hybrid is expected to mix itself into the lineup, as evident by various spy photos circulating around the internet. The hybrid will likely bridge the gap between the Ford Bronco Lightning EV and the gasser versions, and sold alongside them. This hedge will likely happen by mid-decade, and will reflect a similar strategy seen with the Ford F-150 pickup truck. An electric, a hybrid, and gasoline/diesel powertrains.

Ford Bronco EV Just One Of Many Future Products

Based on recent reports, we can expect the same to happen with the Ford Mustang, thanks to the GE2 platform that will underpin the Mustang EV, while the S650 platform will represent the gasoline version, and will share architectural similarities with the Ford Explorer.

And speaking of the Ford Explorer, the Dearborn-based automaker will introduce a Ford Explorer EV, as part of the company’s plan to grow its electric vehicle family to 40 percent of the company’s vehicle portfolio by 2030.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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