Will the Ford Maverick Be Electric?
Ford is making moves! The Ford Maverick comes equipped with a full hybrid engine or an optional EcoBoost engine. Since Ford has been investing so much in the electric vehicle revolution, it wouldn’t be a surprise if an electric Ford Maverick appeared soon.
How much will the Ford Maverick truck cost?
The Ford Maverick is a smaller pickup truck that is starting at $19,995 for the XL trim. It was just released for orders starting in June, but Ford estimates that the first shipments will begin in the fall of 2021. Ford says it is the “first standard full hybrid pickup in America.” Up from the XL is the XLT, starting at $22,280. The top Ford Maverick Lariat trim starts at $25,490.
Should buyers want to upgrade to the 2.0L EcoBoost engine, the price jumps a bit. The XL jumps $1,085 to $21,080. The XLT increases to $23,365, and the Lariat increases to $26,575. Even if the price does go up, it is still one of the most reasonable prices on the market. This truck has a lot of competition heading into 2022 between the Ford Maverick, the Hyundai Santa Cruz, the F-150 Lightning, and the rest of the new trucks.
The Ford Maverick will have a gas-electric hybrid engine
The Maverick has a hybrid powertrain as the standard option, according to Ford. The 2.5L four-cylinder full-hybrid engine gets 191 hp and 173 lb-ft combined. The optional 2.0L EcoBoost makes 250 hp and 277 lb-ft. This hybrid option uses a CVT transmission, while the gas option uses an eight-speed automatic.
The Ford Maverick can tow 2,000 on the standard platform. The all-wheel-drive option increases the towing capacity to 4,000 pounds – with the optional towing package. Ford says the targeted mileage is an EPA-estimated 40 mpg in the city.
It isn’t too far off to think that Ford might offer a fully electric version. Think the Ford F-150 Electric but in the shape of the Ford Maverick. The Mustang Mach-E has made quite a splash on its own this year, so it will be interesting to see how it sells next year alongside the Maverick. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E all-wheel-drive extended range model had an EPA estimated 270 miles. Edmunds testing revealed a 304-mile range, up 12.6% from the estimation.
What does the future hold?
It doesn’t seem that there is room to be moving back to gasoline-powered vehicles. Ford has a section dedicated to the electric vehicles in the lineup, including Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Lightning. In a press release from Ford back in February, the company vowed that the fleet would be all-electric by 2030. By 2026, the European vehicles will be zero-emissions or plug-in hybrid.
“Spearheading Ford’s advance into an all-electric future is a new $1 billion investment to modernize its vehicle assembly facility in Cologne, Germany, one of its largest manufacturing centers in Europe and the home of Ford of Europe. The investment will transform the existing vehicle assembly operations into the Ford Cologne Electrification Center for the manufacture of electric vehicles, Ford’s first such facility in Europe.”Ford
So while the U.S. is on a different timetable than Europe, the sentiment is the same. The future is electric, and Ford is heading in the right direction with the Ford Maverick.