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Electric Ford Explorer Circumnavigates The Globe!

Adventurer Lexie Alford (@LexieLimitless) has set the official record of being the first person to circumnavigate the globe in an electric vehicle using the new all-electric Ford Explorer. To celebrate their Charge Around The Globe, Ford has confirmed the price and specifications of the new Ford Explorer line-up in Ireland, officially making the EV that drove around the world available to customers who are ready to challenge their own frontiers of adventure. Crossing the finish line in Nice, France, Lexie and the new Ford Explorer led a convoy of iconic Ford vehicles, flanked by current models that are shaping the visionary future direction of the company.


“Ford wants to bring passion and emotion to electric vehicles in Europe. There are enough boring cars and SUVs out there. The new Explorer represents Ford’s unique character, which is stamped on every car in this fantastic convoy,” said Jim Farley, CEO of Ford, who attended the celebration. “We’re proud to launch this new all-electric passenger car designed specifically for Europe’s roads and customers, and obviously capable of taking you anywhere in the world.”


Commenting on the expected arrival of Explorer into Ireland, John Manning, Market Lead for Ford Ireland, said: “It is a great step to be confirming the Explorer’s excellent range and attractive price point for customers in Ireland as we look forward to the car’s arrival here in September.  There is already an extensive number of Ford Explorer fans in Ireland – since we launched our ‘Ford Explorer - keep me informed’ service through our ford.ie website last year, the number of interested customers has grown to 1,600 who signed up for our regular updates on the vehicle”. 


The Explorer’s incredible journey crossed six continents, drove through 27 countries and covered more than 30,000 kilometres, all on electric power alone. Battling power outages in Africa, a lack of charging infrastructure in the Atacama desert of Chile, unmade roads, mountain passes and freezing conditions, the achievement proved just what is possible in an electric vehicle.


“Lexie’s journey has been the ultimate test drive for our new Ford Explorer, taking on every kind of weather and road condition, and dealing with just about every charging scenario,” said Martin Sander, general manager, Ford Model e Europe. “It embodies the true ‘can do’ spirit of this company, seizing this great opportunity to not only test ourselves but also the world’s charging infrastructure. Today’s crossing of the finish line proves just what you can do in the new all-electric Ford Explorer, and we’re delighted that customers will soon be able to find out for themselves.”


The vehicle Lexie used for the challenge was a pre-production version of the Ford Explorer that is now available to order. Over the course of the journey it used a variety of charging solutions from 2.2 kW AC wall outlets to DC fast chargers and was plugged in a total of 105 times. Throughout the journey Lexie relied on MegaConsole cabin storage that can hold three 1.5-litre drinks bottles with room to spare, heated and massaging driver’s seat and voice-activated SYNC Move infotainment with an adjustable 14.6” touchscreen – features that come as standard on both Select and Premium series.


“On this epic adventure, I met incredible people from many corners of the world and experienced 27 beautiful countries while behind the wheel. But this journey came with a unique set of challenges,” said Lexie, who also holds the world record for being the youngest person to visit every country in the world. “It has been the honor of a lifetime to be trusted by Ford to circumnavigate the globe in the electric Explorer, which has been like home for the last six months. I had the goal of pushing the limits of what’s possible to do in an EV and I’m proud to say I have!”


Equipped for any adventure


The new all-electric Explorer is Ford’s first EV to be developed and built in Europe, combining German engineering, American style and a high level of standard specification that includes battery electric powertrains for zero-tailpipe emissions while driving – and up to 602 km driving range on a single charge.

Explorer is introduced with a single motor rear-wheel drive (RWD). It uses an extended-range, lithium-ion nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) battery chosen for its energy density, power and performance in European climates from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean. A single motor RWD powertrain 4 with a standard-range NMC battery will be available too at a later date.


Charging from 10-80 per cent takes approximately 28 minutes  using up to a maximum 135 kW DC fast charging rate. Explorer drivers across Europe can also easily access and pay for charging at more than 600,000 charge points within the BlueOval Charge Network using the FordPass app or innovative Plug & Charge technology. These include high power charging stations from IONITY – a consortium of which Ford is a founder member, and Allego – with whom Ford today also announced a partnership to introduce high power charging points at Ford dealerships.


In addition to approximately 450 litres of combined storage including the 17-litre MegaConsole and the secure My Private Locker in the cabin, every Explorer features SYNC Moveconnected infotainment with an adjustable 14.6-inch centre touchscreen that can be raised and lowered through an arc of more than 30 degrees. Also standard are a heated steering wheel and front seats, massaging driver’s seat and wireless phone charging.Cutting-edge interior design includes sports seats with integrated headrests, and a stylish soundbar to enjoy audio played through wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connected devices.


Explorer Premium specification adds a 10-speaker B&O sound system and ambient interior lighting to keep spirits high even on road trips to rival Lexie’s, as well as upgrading Explorer’s signature headlamps from LED with auto highbeam to Dynamic Matrix LED with Glare-Free Highbeam. To make the purchase process as effortless as possible, ensure a luxury specification and deliver compelling value for every Explorer customer, optional extras are limited to a panorama roof with more than 1 square metre of glass surface, and a Driver Assist Pack. Its highlights include hands-free tailgate for accessing up to 450 litres of boot space with arms full of shopping or toddlers, a head-up display, 360-degree camera and new Assisted Lane Change technology.


These features are in addition to more than 15 standard driver assist technologies with highlights including Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, as well as Clear Exit Warning that is designed to help prevent “dooring” accidents with cyclists. You are in safe hands with the new Explorer! 

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