Ford has unveiled a plug-in hybrid version of its Ranger ute and confirms it will be launching to market in 2025.
This is the first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) dual-cab ute we’ve seen from the main players in this specific class. Toyota has unveiled an electric concept based on its HiLux, and LDV has the eT60 fully electric ute and is planning the Maxus ‘GST’ electric ute. Toyota is also planning a mild-hybrid option for its HiLux next year. But this is the first plug-in hybrid.
Power comes from a 2.3-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine matched to an electric motor. The electric motor receives power from a battery of unconfirmed size, providing an electric driving range of 45km.
Specifications for things like combined power and torque, an official average fuel consumption rating, and battery size are yet to be confirmed. However, it will offer more combined torque than any other Ranger (currently peaking at 600Nm for the V6 diesel). Andrew Birkic, president and CEO, Ford Australia and New Zealand, said:
“The Ranger Plug-in Hybrid is a best-of-both-worlds solution for work, play, and family – offering customers zero-tailpipe emissions EV driving for short trips, or hybrid performance that delivers incredible on- and off-road performance.”
Ford says the braked towing capacity for the Ranger hybrid remains at 3500kg, like the regular lineup, but the payload capacity hasn’t been mentioned. However, Birkic says the PHEV offers “all of the towing and payload capability” Australian customers expect of Ranger.
Thanks to its ‘Pro Power Onboard’ technology, the Ranger hybrid also offers vehicle-to-load functionality, whereby tools and accessories can be powered by the vehicle. Ford says there is no need for noisy and bulky generators, leaving more space in the tray bed.
Ford Australia will launch the new Ranger PHEV in early 2025. It’s part of Ford’s push into electrification, and it’ll follow the Mustang Mach-E and the E-Transit. Customers can register their interest via the Ford Australia website.