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Ford introduces 5-star safety to its electrified vehicles as Explorer Plug-in Hybrid gets maximum Euro NCAP rating

All-new Ford Explorer Plug-In Hybrid seven-seat SUV awarded maximum 5-star safety rating by Euro NCAP independent crash test authority

Ford is now delivering 5-star safety to electrified vehicles as the all-new Ford Explorer Plug-In Hybrid is today awarded the maximum safety rating by independent crash test authority Euro NCAP.

The Explorer Plug-In Hybrid enhances safety for drivers, passengers and other road users with ultra-high-strength steel components developed using industry-first and Ford-patented processes, and front- and rear-facing sensor-based technologies designed to prevent or mitigate the effects of collisions.*

The seven-seat SUV is powered by a combination of Ford’s 3.0-litre V6 EcoBoost petrol engine, electric motor and generator to deliver 457 PS and 825 Nm of torque, alongside 48 km pure-electric city driving range.**

“With 14 new electrified vehicles coming before the end of next year, and more than half of our passenger vehicle sales in Europe expected to be electrified by the end of 2022, Ford customers can be confident that we’ll continue to deliver first-rate safety whatever powertrain they choose,” said Joerg Beyer, executive director, Engineering, Ford of Europe.

The Explorer Plug-In Hybrid is Ford’s first electrified vehicle to receive a Euro NCAP 5-star safety rating under the new, more stringent protocols introduced last year. The Ford Focus – which will from next year be offered with EcoBoost Hybrid 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain technology – was among the first vehicles to be awarded the latest 5-star rating following its introduction in 2018.

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SOURCE: Ford Motor Company

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