Meet the electric F-150's baby brother.
Ford recently revealed its first all-electric pickup in the form of the F-150 Lightning, but as young as Ford's foray into fighting the electric battle with the likes of Rivian and Tesla is, the Blue Oval is capitalizing on its current momentum by announcing that more core models will soon be going electric.
Although not officially named, shadowy images suggest that the Ford Ranger is among those soon-to-be-electrified offerings. Even if Ford hadn't shown us an indistinct image of an electric Ranger, it's obvious that such a thing is the next logical step for Ford. But what can we expect from the baby Lightning?
Thanks to recent spy shots, we know that the design of the next-generation Ranger will be considerably different than that of the current model and will likely borrow styling cues from the F-150. However, until we see how Ford intends to implement the new vertical headlights, it's not a stretch to imagine that the electric Ranger will be influenced by the F-150 Lightning, probably in terms of wider rear taillights and aerodynamic wheels too. But as for the underpinnings, we're not yet sure whether the electric Ranger would use a skateboard chassis from Rivian or Volkswagen's MEB platform. Both are being considered for future Ford EVs.
An electric Bronco also seems to have been teased, so there are certainly plans for a rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive platform that can do off-road stuff with the smaller Ford utility vehicles too. As for performance, Ford will have to offer at least 300 miles of range and more power than the regular Ranger. That car is powered by a 2.3-liter turbo-four producing 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, so we expect the electric version to up the ante with around 300 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque at the least. Ford will doubtless start trickling more tidbits of info our way as development begins.