Patent Reveals Ford’s Possible Hybrid System for F-150

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Ford Twin-Motor Hybrid System Patent Image Circa Late January 2019

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.

Electric Ford F-150

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.

Ford F-150

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.”


Also See: Is this what the Electric Ford F-150 Will Look Like?


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.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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