[updated. originally published Feb. 2021]Ford is a classic American automaker that has been designing and producing cars throughout the United States and more recently around the world for more than a century—since this automaker’s founding in June of 1903, to be exact. Ford revolutionized the mainstream auto market and the auto industry as a whole with founder Henry Ford’s assembly-line method of
producing vehicle parts and has remained one of the most reputable and successful major automakers in the world for more than one hundred years.
For the past century, Ford has been renowned primarily for the pickup trucks they design and produce. The Ford F-150 is the most popular pickup truck on the mainstream auto market and has been for the past 30 years. Throughout 2020, 787,372 Ford F-150 trucks were sold in the United States alone. The Ford Ranger is another popular pickup truck in Ford’s vehicle lineup.
Over the past several years, all-electric vehicles have become much more popular in the mainstream auto market. Ford quickly jumped into the all-electric vehicle market and began preparing to design, produce, and distribute their own electric vehicle models worldwide.
The first real all-electric vehicle that Ford released on the mainstream auto market is the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. This all-electric crossover SUV is an all-electric version of one of Ford’s historically most popular vehicles and one of the most iconic classic pony cars of all time.
Ford has also announced that an all-electric F-150 pickup truck will hit the mainstream auto market for the 2022 model year. This is big news because it means that Ford is entering the largely untapped market of the all-electric pickup truck vehicle segment. The production phase of the all-electric 2022 F-150 will begin in the summer of 2021, and the all-electric F-150 should be widely available for purchase in the third or fourth quarters of 2021.
Just like the Ford F-150, the Ford Ranger mid-size pickup truck is scheduled to be redesigned for the 2022 model year. Many drivers as well as critics and experts in the auto industry are curious as to whether the redesigned, next-generation 2022 Ford Ranger will be available as an electrified model. Keep reading to explore Ford’s plans for the future of their electric vehicle lineup and find out more about the possible electrified future of the Ford Ranger.
Ford’s Plans for The Future of Their Electric Vehicles
Ford has big plans for the future of their electric vehicle lineup. This major automaker has announced that they plan for their entire lineup of vehicles to be capable of zero-emissions by 2025.
As a part of their announcement, Ford specified that these plans apply only to the automaker’s vehicle lineup in Europe. The major U.S. automaker has not confirmed their plans for the future of their vehicles in terms of electrification on the United States market.
However, Ford’s release of the all-electric 2021 Mustang Mach-E and announcement of the all-electric 2022 F-150 pickup truck certainly points toward their prioritization of the electrification of their vehicles in the United States—not just in Europe.
An Electrified Ford Ranger Might Be Coming Soon
Many Ford fans as well as critics and experts in the auto industry believe that one of the next vehicles Ford will electrify is the popular Ford Ranger mid-size pickup truck. Ford has already proven that they are capable of designing a fully-electric pickup truck with their announcement of the all-electric F-150 that will debut on the mainstream auto market in the United States for the 2022 model year.
Plus, the Ford Ranger is expected to undergo a complete redesign for the 2022 model year. If an electrified Ford Ranger debuts for the 2022 model year in the United States, it is expected to be a plug-in hybrid version of this popular mid-size pickup truck.
The powertrain of a plug-in hybrid Ranger would likely be a 2.3-L turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine paired with an electric motor and battery pack. This powertrain is expected to allow the Ranger to deliver an impressive 362 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque on the road.
Ford has not made any official announcements yet regarding an electrified Ford Ranger. Only time will tell whether or not this major automaker decides to make their Ranger zero-emissions-capable in the United States for the 2022 model year.