Ford is postponing the European market launch of the Explorer, its first all-electric volume model in the region, by about six months.
Instead of arriving in showrooms at the beginning of next year, the compact SUV is now scheduled to roll out in the summer of 2024.
Ford cited new European standards for batteries as the reason for the delay.
"Ford supports the upcoming European standard for electric vehicles because it is in line with our internal philosophy of delivering high-quality and safe vehicles to our customers worldwide. This means that the new Explorer will now be delivered to customers from summer 2024," a Ford spokesperson told Automotive News Europe sister publication Automobilwoche.
However, the upcoming standard "100.3/ ECE-R 100.3" has been known in the industry for a long time. Industry insiders suspect that the delays in the Explorer have another reason.