Ford NZ Announces First-Ever Ranger Plug-in Hybrid with Pro Power Onboard

Ford New Zealand is set to expand its Ranger and EV family with the introduction of the first-ever Ranger Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV). This mid-sized pick-up truck will combine the benefits of Plug-in Hybrid technology with the towing, off-road, and payload capabilities that the Ranger is known for, all while offering zero-tailpipe emissions. Additionally, the Ranger PHEV will feature Pro Power Onboard, providing customers with the convenience of onboard power for various needs without the need for a separate generator.

Starting from early 2025, Ford will offer customers in New Zealand the opportunity to experience electrified driving with the Ranger Plug-in Hybrid. This vehicle will deliver electric driving capability alongside the versatility and dependability that the Ranger is renowned for.

Simon Rutherford, Managing Director of Ford New Zealand, expressed excitement about offering the Ranger Plug-in Hybrid to customers. He highlighted the importance of offering a sustainable, low emissions solution that caters to the varied needs of customers in different sectors including retail, business, rural, and urban.

The introduction of the Ranger Plug-in Hybrid marks a significant milestone in Ford’s mission to provide a wide range of powertrain options for mid-sized pick-up truck enthusiasts. Rutherford emphasized that this hybrid solution doesn’t compromise performance, as it offers zero-tailpipe emissions for short trips while delivering exceptional on- and off-road capabilities.

The Ranger Plug-in Hybrid will be equipped with a 2.3-litre Ford EcoBoost turbo petrol engine, an electric motor, and a rechargeable battery system. This powertrain combination will result in higher torque compared to other Ranger models. The vehicle can be driven in pure electric mode for more than 45 kilometers, making it perfect for daily commutes or shorter trips without the need for fuel.

Charging the Ranger Plug-in Hybrid will be convenient, as it can easily be charged at home. With an EV-only range that suits the needs of many customers who travel 40 kilometers or less per day, this vehicle provides a sustainable and cost-effective solution.

The Ranger Plug-in Hybrid will also feature Pro Power Onboard, allowing customers to power their tools and appliances on worksites or remote campsites. This feature eliminates the need for bulky and noisy generators, providing more cargo space for other equipment or gear.

Furthermore, the Ranger Plug-in Hybrid will offer various EV drive modes, giving customers flexibility in how they utilize the battery power. It will boast the proven four-wheel-drive capability, selectable drive modes, and advanced driver safety and assist features that are synonymous with the Ranger.

In conclusion, the Ranger Plug-in Hybrid is Ford’s contribution towards an electrified future, combining the confidence and capability of the Ranger with sustainable technology.