Ford Executive Shares Concerns Over Electric F-150

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Development on electric vehicles is being performed around the clock, but here’s why such breakthroughs may not apply to the F-150.

The current state of the automotive industry is a complex one. Blink and you may miss several breakthroughs on different technologies. While active safety technology has taken the forefront in recent years, electrified and fully electric vehicle development are currently at the top of every manufacturers’ priorities lists.

A hybrid Ford F-150 has now been confirmed, and it’s due in showrooms sometime late 2019 or early 2020. Furthermore, Ford confirmed earlier this year that it would spend nearly five billion dollars in order to electrify nearly half of its products by 2020. That means producing more hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric vehicles.

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Perhaps the most bizarre, is the idea of a fully electric F-150 pickup truck. Thankfully, a recent comment from Raj Nair, Ford’s chief technology officer clarified something we already knew. Nair told Business Insider “In a CUV, you aren’t too worried about payload or towing, but it’s very different for a truck. And when you put that number of cells and that much weight into the vehicle, it does cut into payload and towing.”

“We want electrification to be a bonus” Nair said. “One thing that is really advantageous on the hybrid is it also becomes its own power generating source.” While Toyota is currently testing hydrogen tech as a way to recharge onboard battery cells, Ford hasn’t made any claims to developing such technology.

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Like most executives and politicians, Nair closed with a twist to offer some suspense. “I would never rule out anything like that,” he said referring to an all-electric pickup. This of course, lets us know that although not likely any time soon, it will happen some day.

So there you have it, directly from the horse’s mouth. An all-electric F-150 will most likely happen, but maybe not? Until electric batteries lose considerable weight, and they are cost-effective for a vehicle of such capabilities like the F-150, our beloved Ford truck will be either gas-powered or hybrid.

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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