First affordable pickup? Ford introduces Ranger plug-in hybrid
In the Netherlands, a pickup on yellow license plates is not attractive. Such a practical powerhouse emits quite a bit of CO2, and that is punished with sky-high BPM fines. It makes pickup in the Netherlands unaffordable for normal consumers. But what if you equip a pickup with a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid system? The CO2 emissions then drop as much as the BPM amount. The result is then – on paper – an affordable pickup.
Ford Ranger PHEV
That is exactly what Ford is planning. By 2025, the very first Ranger PHEV should be on the market. The powertrain of the new Ford Ranger Plug-in Hybrid is formed by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine, a powerful electric motor and a rechargeable battery with enough capacity for a purely electric range of over 40 kilometers. The maximum towing weight (braked) must remain the same: 3,500 kg. Prices are not yet known, but it is almost certain that the PHEV Ranger will have a considerably lower price tag than the current gasoline versions.