Is the 2023 Ford Ranger Going to Be a Hybrid?
Is the 2023 Ford Ranger Going to Be a Hybrid? While the current Ford Ranger may be on its last legs, the next generation of this popular pickup truck could be coming soon. The 2020 Ford Ranger is expected to hit the streets later this year, but there’s plenty of buzz around the next-generation, expected to come out in 2023. One rumor has it that the 2023 Ford Ranger may have an electrified option available, either as part of an all-electric model or as a hybrid paired with an engine. Let’s take a look at what we know so far about how the 2023 Ford Ranger might look and feel on the road.
The current state of the Ford Ranger
Ford has made some changes in recent years that may indicate that there will be a Ford Ranger EV in the future. The company has removed its two-mode hybrid technology from larger vehicles, and is instead focusing on smaller cars. This means that Ford does not need to invest as much money into this system for its larger vehicles, which means it can use those resources elsewhere. It also means that electric vehicles are more of a priority than they were before.
Ford also released an electric car called the Mach 1, which is available only in Asia and Europe at this time, but many speculate it will make its way to North America in time for 2020 or 2021.
The possibility of a hybrid engine
Ford is currently testing their new Ford Ranger EV, but it is only available in Europe. The Ford Ranger EV has a lithium-ion battery that allows for up to 100 kilometers on electric power alone. The electric engine can be charged via plugging in or by regenerative braking. They have yet to announce plans of rolling out this vehicle in North America, but they have started testing it and are making improvements with each test drive. If these vehicles become popular and electric engines become more efficient, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch for Ford to release an all-electric version of their popular truck.
The benefits of a hybrid engine
The Ford Ranger EV has an electric motor and is powered by a lithium-ion battery. It is estimated that this battery will provide up to 75 miles of range on one full charge. The engine has 150 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8 seconds or less. One of the key benefits of using an electric engine is there is no noise pollution. Plus, it will make great strides in improving air quality by reducing emissions, which could help improve human health and alleviate respiratory problems such as asthma. Electric cars also make it easier for people who live in apartments or condos because they don’t require any type of parking spaces or garages which could be difficult if you live in an urban setting with limited space available for parking.
The drawbacks of a hybrid engine
Ford has been tinkering with the Ford Ranger for years, and in 2019 they finally released an all-new model. Ford claims that the new Ranger is going to be better than ever and that it’s going to set a new standard for midsize pickups. But what about fuel efficiency? Ford is known for producing some of the most fuel efficient cars on the road, but will this be carried over into their pickup trucks?
Ford has never made a hybrid pickup truck before, so there is no telling if this will happen or not. The Ford Ranger Ev was made available in 2020 as an option, but it only comes equipped with a 3.2-liter V6 engine which doesn’t seem too fuel efficient at best.
Ford has been working on its future lineup of vehicles and one of those is the next generation Ford Ranger. If you’re wondering if this new truck will be hybrid, it seems like Ford isn’t planning on going that route. In an interview with The Detroit News, Ford chairman William Clay Ford Jr. said It’s not my expectation that we’ll have a hybrid pickup. So for now, it looks like the 2020s will be electric or diesel-only for new trucks from Ford.
The Ford Ranger EV will have an electric motor with 230 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, which Ford says will be enough power for most drivers. The company expects that 75% of customers who buy this model will be using it as their secondary vehicle, driving it less than 12 miles per day, so they’ll often charge the battery at home. That should limit range anxiety for most people. Plus, since these trucks are designed for buyers in cities and suburbs, the need for an expansive network of charging stations is reduced.
Ford is also trying to keep costs down by opting not to offer all-wheel drive on its hybrid truck.