Patent Reveals Ford’s Possible Hybrid System for F-150
Twin-motor hybrid could give the F-150 an electric all-wheel drive setup, with a pair of motors moving the front wheels.
The F-150 is already preparing to maintain its rightful place at the top of the mountain by going electric in the next decade. But that’s not all of the tricks it has in its bed.
Motor Authority discovered a patent filed by Ford with the United States Patent Office for a twin-motor hybrid system, which could give the F-150 its first electric all-wheel drive system.
According to the patent, the setup works by the rear wheels receiving power from the V8 up front, while each front wheel would be linked to its respective electric motor on either side of the engine via a first-gear reduction box. We can only imagine the launches on the line in an F-150 with electric AWD.
The patent was filed in July of 2017, but only published by the USPO in late January 2019. When Motor Authority asked about the patent, Ford North America product communications manager Mike Levine said that filing such patents “as a normal course of business, but they aren’t necessarily an indication of new business or product plans.”
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That said, we believe Ford will pull out all the stops to make the 2020s the next decade of dominance for the best-selling vehicle in North America, the F-150. A twin-motor hybrid truck would be a wonderful compliment for the all-electric F-150 to come.