Electric Ford Explorer Drives Around the World

Lexie Alford drove the Explorer over 18,000 miles on six continents...

Adventurer Lexie Alford (@LexieLimitless) set the official record for being the first person to circumnavigate the globe in an electric vehicle, using the new all-electric Ford Explorer. Six continents, 27 countries and more than 30,000 kilometers (18,641 miles) were traveled on electric power alone, ahead of the finish line in Nice, France.

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Nice, France: Lexie Alford (@LexieLimitless) crosses the finish line.

“I met incredible people from many corners of the world and experienced 27 countries while behind the wheel. But this journey came with a unique set of challenges,” said Alford, who also holds the world record for being the youngest person to visit every country in the world. “It has been the honor of a lifetime to be trusted by Ford to circumnavigate the globe in the electric Explorer, which has been like home for the last six months. I had the goal of pushing the limits of what’s possible to do in an EV and I’m proud to say I have!”

To celebrate, Ford has put the new Ford Explorer on sale in Europe. Designed and developed in Europe, it is Ford’s second all-electric passenger vehicle and the first to be assembled at the Ford Cologne EV Centre following a $2 billion investment. It can achieve a driving range of more than 370 miles on a single charge and is able to charge from 10% to 80% in approximately 26 minutes using DC charging.

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“Lexie’s journey has been the ultimate test drive for our Ford Explorer, taking on every kind of weather and road condition, and dealing with just about every charging scenario,” said Martin Sander, general manager, Ford Model e Europe. “It embodies the true can-do spirit of this company, seizing this great opportunity to not only test ourselves but also the world’s charging infrastructure. Crossing the finish line proves just what you can do in the new all-electric Ford Explorer, and we’re delighted that customers will soon be able to find out for themselves.”

Alford’s journey mirrors that of Aloha Wanderwell, the first woman to drive around the world 100 years ago, also in a Ford. Aloha began her journey in Nice, where Alford’s journey also began and finished, driving the Explorer to the finish in a convoy of iconic Ford vehicles, watched by Ford CEO Jim Farley.

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