The thrill of untamed electric exhilaration is coming.
That’s according to a member of a select group given special access to Ford’s Mustang-inspired all-electric SUV, which is being officially unveiled Nov. 17.
Darren Palmer, Ford Team Edison’s global PD BEV director, said that building a ground-up all-electric vehicle will allow Ford to do things it was never able to do in the past.
“We’re taking full advantage of that,” he said, “and this vehicle will generate performance you’ve never felt in a car before.”
The performance Palmer is alluding to is a surprisingly smooth, constant power and instant acceleration that defies expectations.
“It feels almost like the foot pedal is connected to your neck muscles,” he said. “The moment you press that pedal, you feel the pressure on your neck, and it’s so unusual to drive something with such direct feedback.”
And it’s not just for performance drivers.
“It’s for zipping around,” Palmer said. “Some people like more outright acceleration, but everyone wants more responsiveness.”
When people feel it, he said, they don’t want anything else – which is great, save for one small issue.
“You don’t get it until you drive it,” he said. “We’ve tried to explain it to people using charts and graphs, and they’ll nod and say ‘yes, I get it,’ but when they finally get in the product, they say ‘oh my goodness, I never realized how this would actually feel.”
The only way to understand that kind of immediacy and power, Palmer said, is to experience it for one’s self.
“There’s a lot of confusion about what fully electric vehicles do,” Palmer said. “Many of the all-electric vehicles of the past haven’t given much to the customer except better fuel economy, so that’s typically what people associate them with.”
But today, that perception is changing. The Chicago Police Department will soon take delivery of 200 pursuit-rated Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid in a nod to the officer safety, capability and potential cost savings the all-new pursuit-rated hybrid provides.
The new hybrid has the potential to save police departments across the country millions of dollars in fuel costs but that’s not the only benefit.
In testing completed by the Michigan State Police in September, preliminary results show the all-new Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid had the fastest 0-60 and 0-100-mph acceleration, the fastest lap, fastest average lap and highest top speed of 138 mph versus competitive police utility vehicles, including V8-powered entries. It was outperformed only by Ford’s own 3.0-liter EcoBoost Police Interceptor Utility.
And Ford isn’t compromising on its civilian hybrids, either. With an 18-gallon fuel tank, the all-new Explorer Limited Hybrid RWD has an EPA-estimated range of more than 500 miles between fill-ups, and an EPA-estimated range of more than 450 miles for vehicles with four-wheel drive.
In addition to saving on fuel costs, it offers towing capability of up to 5,000 pounds – 1,500 pounds more than a 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the same as a properly equipped 2019 Explorer with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine.
And with an all-electric Mustang-inspired SUV, Ford is continuing to make that electrified power available to the masses thanks to countless hours of cross-functional teamwork.
“Ford is going to be part of the democratization of this technology throughout the world,” Palmer said. “Every single thing we’ve achieved is the result of cross-functional teamwork.”