From early 2025 Australian, New Zealand and possibly European Ford Ranger customers will be able to choose a plug-in hybrid variant that will feature plug points allowing users to run power tools, camping lights and the like.

“The Ranger Plug-in Hybrid is a best-of-both-worlds solution for work, play, and family – offering customers zero-tailpipe emissions EV driving for short trips, or hybrid performance that delivers incredible on- and off-road performance,” says Andrew Birkic, President and CEO, Ford Australia and New Zealand.

“Ranger Plug-In Hybrid will bring all of the towing and payload capability our Australian customers expect of Ranger, and with Pro Power Onboard for the first time, Ranger owners will have power for both work and play.”

Ford in Australia claims the new variant will produce more torque than any other Ranger, including the 600 Nm generated by the current V6 turbo-diesel but have not provided any actual figures as yet. It says it can be driven in pure electric mode for more than 45 kilometres without using a drop of fuel or producing tailpipe emissions, helping customers save at the pump. 

The targeted maximum braked towing capacity of the Ranger Plug-In Hybrid is 3 500 kg – the same as the rest of the Ranger line-up.

Ranger Plug-in Hybrid will also feature Pro Power Onboard, enabling customers to power their tools and appliances on a worksite or remote campsite by plugging them into power outlets embedded in both the cargo bed and the cabin.

“The Ranger Plug-in Hybrid will help our customers move into an electrified future, with the confidence and capability that only Ranger can provide. Ranger Plug-in Hybrid will join the Ford Australia line-up as our fifth electrified vehicle alongside Mach-E, E-Transit, E-Transit Custom and Puma BEV,” Birkic concluded.

At the time of writing Ford South Africa had not indicated if this would be a consideration for local launch.

Colin Windell – proudly ALL THINGS MOTORING