Is Electric Power the ‘Future’ for Ford Trucks?

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Plenty of people are touting electricity as the future for commercial applications. But this fascinating discussion points out its many flaws!

Want to get a bunch of Ford trucks enthusiasts riled up? Just bring up the topic of electric power. Heck, mention anything other than V8 engines in the same breath with Ford trucks, and you’re bound to start a heated argument. But like it or not, we’ll soon have the option of buying an all-electric pickup. And as you might imagine, that thought has the folks here in the FTE forums just a little worked up.

This thread actually started off innocently enough, with a mention of Tesla’s forthcoming EV big rig. But it quickly evolved into a hot debate over the future of electric power in Ford trucks, and how viable it might actually be in real life situations. Surprisingly, some folks aren’t completely against the idea. Including Misky6.0.

“Really cold winter mornings already make it hard to start a vehicle. Imagine needing to DRIVE anyway on battery power at -20. Got AAA? I can see a hybrid, where there is a little gas engine to recharge the batteries. But with air conditioning, lights on at night, etc. the battery isn’t going to be a solution, IMO.”

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Diesel Dan agrees, and points out that EVs aren’t quite as environmentally friendly as their owners think.

“I don’t know where the rumor (or truthful) story came from that compared the total carbon footprint of a Hummer to a Prius, but you can guess which one was less. And the Prius crowd think they are so environmentally friendly.

I’ve always thought the most our current technology should be producing is a hybrid. Using a steady state small diesel generator that charges the battery pack and runs the electric motor to propel the vehicle. I think somebody stole that idea.”

Many others, including One Cylinder, simply use science to throw cold water on the whole idea.

“I’m not impressed. Where’s the trailer with a 10 to 20 ton load? It won’t work. The problem is that the battery weight requirement subtracts from the payload. For example, say a rig has a 20 ton capacity. 6 tons of batteries may be required to haul 20 tons of freight therefore the payload has to be reduced. A diesel rig does not have that handicap, and therefore can haul and get paid for the full load.

As far as no driver goes, let me just say, one morning while traveling my I noticed that my GPS was approximatly a hundred feet off. I don’t immagine that will ever happen again. And how about that internet? I never lose the signal and my computer never freezes up. There’s a reason trains run on tracks and have engineers at the controls.”

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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