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Ford Explorer Electric SUV Sets World Record in Historic Global Circumnavigation

Nice, France: Lexie Alford crosses the finish line of record-setting 30,000 kilometers drive in new electric Ford Explorer SUV flanked by iconic Ford vehicles past and present.
  • Lexie Alford set a world record by circumnavigating the globe in the all-electric Ford Explorer SUV.
  • The Ford Explorer electric SUV offers a 600 km (373 mi) range and rapid charging, from 10-80% in 26 minutes.
  • The Ford Explorer electric is now available in Europe after the journey, becoming Ford’s second all-electric passenger vehicle.

Meet Lexie Alford, an adventurer globally known as @LexieLimitless. She’s made history as the first person ever to travel around the world in an electric vehicle. Covering six continents, crossing 27 countries, and spanning over 30,000 kilometers (18,641 miles), her journey was powered solely by the new electric Ford Explorer SUV. Lexie reached the end of her expedition in Nice, France, achieving a feat that’s truly epic.


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Reflecting on the journey, Alford shared, “On this epic adventure, 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.” Already known for her world record as the youngest person to visit every country, she embraced this new challenge with enthusiasm and determination.

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to be trusted by Ford to circumnavigate the globe in the electric Explorer SUV, 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!”

Atacama Desert, Chile: new electric Ford Explorer SUV in one of the most challenging stretches of Lexie Alford's record-setting drive around the world.

Throughout her journey, the Ford Explorer electric SUV, proved its resilience and adaptability across various climates and landscapes. Featuring an impressive driving range of over 600 kilometers (373 miles) on just one charge and the capability to recharge from 10-80% in approximately 26 minutes with DC charging, this advanced electric SUV highlighted the progress made in electric vehicle (EV) technology.

Nice, France: Lexie Alford receives official recognition from Record Setter for being the first person to circumnavigate the globe in an electric vehicle, using the new electric Ford Explorer SUV

Martin Sander, the general manager of Ford Model e Europe, highlighted how Alford’s achievement showcased the Explorer’s impressive capabilities: “Lexie’s journey has been the ultimate test drive for our new electric Ford Explorer SUV, taking on every kind of weather and road condition, and dealing with just about every charging scenario. 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.”


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The journey was also a tribute to Aloha Wanderwell, the first woman to drive around the world 100 years ago, also in a Ford. Lexie Alford’s journey began and ended in Nice, mirroring Wanderwell’s century-old adventure. Alford finished her journey in a convoy of iconic Ford vehicles, cheered on by Ford CEO Jim Farley.

With the success of this expedition, Ford has launched the new Ford Explorer electric SUV across Europe. Designed and developed locally, it’s Ford’s second fully electric passenger vehicle and is the first to roll out from Ford’s Cologne EV Centre following a massive $2 billion investment. This all-electric Explorer represents the brand’s confident leap into sustainable transportation, offering consumers an adventurous, efficient, and sustainable alternative among electric SUVs.


In a time when the question on many minds is, “What is the best electric SUV?” the Ford Explorer electric offers a bold answer. With a tested and proven capacity to handle the hardships of global travel, the Explorer electric sets a new benchmark for the potential of electric SUVS.


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RANDI BENTIA

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