And so it goes, Ford is not at all closing its doors to an all-electric F-150 pickup. The American manufacturer initially laid out its plans for an F-150 hybrid earlier this year and promises to come out with a vehicle with outstanding payload and towing capacity.
Although a hybrid makes better sense, Ford CTO Raj Nair said he isn’t ruling out the possibility of an electric version of the F150. Also during his recent interview with Yahoo, Nair further stated how much they consider electrification as a “bonus”. Therefore, it is an advantage since it doubles as a “power generating source” on a hybrid, he said.
Earlier reports claim that Ford is looking to introduce a hybridized F-150 pickup by 2020. If so, this hybrid pickup would still largely depend on gasoline since it doesn’t come with a plugin powertrain to start with. Certainly, it would be a game changer if Ford pushes for a pure battery powered version of the F-150. As we already know, this eco-friendly technology provides great benefit for trucks due to the massive amount of torque coming from electric powertrains.
Only this month, Workhorse, a startup EV company introduced the first range extender electric pickup in the market. The W-15 comes with a 460hp powertrain with up to 80 miles of range and approximately 75 miles MPGe range for the combined cycle. This should allow the Workhorse W-15 pickup accelerate from zero to 60mph (96km/h) under 5.5 seconds. Beyond that, Tesla also intends to come out with its own electric pickup down the line.
On the other hand, Ford thinks it would be wiser to come out with a CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) for its first EV so as not to be worried about its payload and towing capacity. Unlike on trucks, a crossover utility vehicle has a different number of cells. It also doesn’t weigh too much as to cut into its payload or towing ability. On the contrary, Tesla has already fitted its Model S sedan with a 100kWh battery pack while Lucid Motors has also claimed that it can fit a 130kWh into its Lucid Air.
Though these may be expensive at the moment, the energy capacity it brings could provide better towing and payload performance for the F150. Well, let’s consider it for a moment. What if in three years, it would cost less than it does today? Do you think Ford should seriously consider an all-electric F150? We sure hope so.