How Soon Can We Expect an Electric Ford Maverick?

It’s not exactly a long shot to assume that an electric Ford Maverick compact pickup truck is coming. This is the first pickup truck with a standard hybrid powertrain. Plus, Ford announced the coming of a 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning next spring. So how soon can we expect an Electric Ford Maverick? 

A red 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat hybrid pickup driving down a highway with green rolling hills in the background
2022 Ford Maverick | Ford Motor Company

Overall, there are too many reasons an electric Maverick makes sense. It’s ludicrous at this point to believe that it’s not on the horizon. Other sources like MotorTrend agree, even going so far as to render images of how it might look stylistically. 

Is the Ford Maverick electric? 

Well, yes and no. Technically its base engine is electrified. But it doesn’t offer a plug-in hybrid or a fully electric powertrain. Yet. 

The 2022 Ford Maverick base engine is a 2.5 liter fulltime hybrid paired with a continuously variable transmission. The fuel economy puts the true compact pickup truck in a league of its own. According to Ford, the EPA estimates that the engine in this true compact pickup truck will get up to 40 mpg on the highway, 33 mpg in the city, and 37 mpg combined. 

Even compared to the other new compact pickup truck that debuted this year, that’s excellent. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is another ute we in North America are looking forward to. But this truck doesn’t (yet) offer any electrified/hybrid powertrains. 

A silver 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz parked on asphalt in a desert with mountains in the distance
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz | Hyundai Motor America

The EPA estimates the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz  to get 22 mpg in the city, 27 on the highway, and 23 mpg combined––quite a far cry from the hybrid 2022 Ford Maverick’s fuel economy. The 2022 Ford Maverick hasn’t announced a fully electrified version yet. However, it’s probably coming. 

Will it copy the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning? 

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning parked in front of buildings
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning | Ford

MotorTrend’s renderings show the hypothetical fully-electric Ford Maverick taking design cues from its larger pickup sibling, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. In fact, the renderings even badge it with the word “Lightning.” It won’t surprise us if the future electric version of the Maverick gets a Lightning badge. 

However, there’s really no way to know for sure how Ford Media will decide to market an electric Ford Maverick compact pickup truck. For now, buyers and fans can just get excited about the 2022 Ford Maverick in all its hybrid compact pickup truck glory. Future versions may copy the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning and they may not. We will just have to wait and see. 

When will the electric Ford Maverick come out? 

A 2021 Ford Maverick small hybrid pickup truck.
The 2021 Ford Maverick | Via Ford

This is another question that’s really just a guessing game. The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 generation released earlier this year and the 2022 F-150 Lightning reveal came soon after. So if an electric version of the 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup truck is coming in the next year or two, we can reasonably expect to see some news about it in the near future. 

“The Maverick product proposition is like nothing else out there. It’s a great-looking truck featuring four doors with room for five adults, a standard full-hybrid engine with city fuel economy that beats a Honda Civic”

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