California—and the Sacramento area, in particular—is an amazing place to own and enjoy an electric vehicle (EV). Whether you’re interested in a hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV), or going all-in with a battery electric vehicle (BEV) that needs not even a lick of gas, this is one of the best places in the country to get the most from one of these models.
If you’re interested in the options you’ll find at a North Highlands EV dealer, you’ve come to the right place at Future Ford of Sacramento. We love talking about the fantastic, modern Ford lineup, which includes some of the most exciting EVs on the market. Let’s take a look at all that Ford has to offer and what each can bring to your getaways and commute…
Understanding Your Options: Hybrid, PHEV, BEV
Before we dig into some specific Ford EVs, we should quickly go over the differences between what you’ll find. First up are hybrids: these utilize a conventional gas-powered engine with a battery-powered motor that can improve power and performance, boost fuel economy, or both depending on the design of the drivetrain. A hybrid battery is recharged by converting expended power from your motion into stored energy, as opposed to plugging in somewhere for external charging.
A PHEV (plug-in hybrid) does just that, using a similar battery-powered motor and gas engine configuration, except that its battery is recharged through an external source. Along with the ability to plug into an outlet, these vehicles can drive short ranges using only electric power, making it possible to make a quick run to the store without consuming any gas.
Finally, BEVs utilize a battery and one or two motors as the sole power source for the vehicle; they do not have a combustion engine or a need for fossil fuels. These EVs are recharged via an external source, allowing for an impressive all-electric range while producing zero emissions.
The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford has two BEVs available at the moment, and we’ll start with the first: the Mustang Mach-E, an all-electric SUV with remarkable performance and range. The Mustang Mach-E has been available for a few years now and already won over a large number of fans thanks to its incredible combination of exhilarating power, gorgeous design, and sleek interior features and technology.
Mustang Mach-E models are available with different battery and motor configurations, including single-motor rear-wheel drive (RWD) and dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD). You can get up to 312 miles of range from a full charge in the original model or choose a GT model that delivers 480 hp and more than 600 lb-ft of instant torque for a truly exceptional drive.
The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning
If you’re interested in a truck that provides you with incredible performance and zero emissions, then the remarkable new Ford F-150 Lightning is the way to go. The F-150 Lightning is a BEV pickup—one of the first of its kind—giving you fantastic power and impressive towing feats without using even a whiff of gas.
You get AWD standard on the F-150 Lightning, with an Extended Range model available that offers up to 320 miles of estimated range from a full charge. With up to 580 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque, the Ford F-150 Lightning is ready to get some serious work done, able to handle up to 10,000 lbs of towing!
The 2023 Ford Maverick
Several Fords use electrified power systems, but the one that we’re most excited about right now is the all-new Ford Maverick. This compact truck comes with a standard 2.5L I-4 Hybrid engine that delivers 191 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque and gets an EPA-estimated 40 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway.
It’s been a while since Ford manufactured a compact pickup, and the Maverick is an amazing new option that can handle up to 2,000 lbs of towing with its hybrid engine or up to 4,000 lbs of trailering if you choose the available 250-hp engine.
The 2023 Ford F-150
Not to be outdone by its all-electric brethren or the flashy new Maverick, the standard Ford F-150 continues to live up to its legacy of power and performance with an incredible hybrid engine available on 2023 models. Although the F-150’s standard 3.3L V6 engine offers an impressive 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, the available 3.5L PowerBoost Turbo V6 Hybrid elevates the F-150 to another level with 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque.
This is an incredible engine that sees the 2023 F-150 get an EPA-estimated 25 MPG in the city as well as on the highway, letting you go further and still haul well over 12,000 lbs behind you.
The 2023 Ford Escape
We’ve looked at a lot of trucks so far and only one SUV, but don’t worry: if you’re looking for a Ford SUV with electrified performance, then you have more than just the Mustang Mach-E to marvel over. The Ford Escape—an incredibly popular compact crossover—now has two different hybrid options for you to choose from.
If you go with the ST-Line Elite trim for the Escape, you can get an incredibly efficient 2.5L I-4 Hybrid engine that offers 192 hp while also getting an estimated 42 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway, letting you go all around Sacramento with fewer stops for gas. Meanwhile, the 2.5L I-4 PHEV engine gets 210 hp and an EPA-estimated 37 miles of all-electric range. You can utilize either Level 1 or Level 2 charging units to keep the battery in this PHEV model topped off, which is perfect for when you’ve just arrived home for the night.
The 2023 Ford Explorer
If you need something larger than the Escape but you still want to enjoy a hybrid performance, the Ford Explorer Limited is a fantastic choice. This three-row SUV gives you a lot of space inside for friends and family to come along, plus plenty of room to load up cargo, luggage, or equipment.
The available 3.3L Hybrid V6 engine gives the Explorer 318 hp and 322 lb-ft of torque, along with an EPA-estimated 27 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway, letting you go further even with a boatload of passengers. Plus, with this incredibly efficient engine, the Explorer can still tow up to 5,000 lbs and go anywhere you want.
The Electric Experience at Future Ford of Sacramento
You can see just how many different options Ford has available right now for those looking to feel the difference of an electric vehicle. Best of all, you don’t have to commit to going all-electric just yet, with fantastic hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles for you to choose from. This makes it easy to get a taste of how an EV can improve your drive, from your commute and errands to enjoying your time off.
All you have to do now is decide which of these vehicles has the most of what you’re looking for, then come visit us at Future Ford of Sacramento to take your first step into the all-electric future.