Ford is planning on making an electric version of the F-150 pickup.
Electricity is the future, as Edison probably said at some point in the distant past. And it still rings true today as the world’s biggest carmakers abandon gasoline in favor of zero-emission electric vehicles.
Ford might have gotten late to the party, but they plan on showing up in style. That style being electric versions of the F-150 and Super Duty pickups.
Speaking to investors on Wednesday, Ford president of global markets Jim Farley said in no uncertain terms that Ford would electrify their best-selling pickups.
"Here's what's going to happen next to future-proof that global juggernaut of commercial vehicles," Farley said. "We're going to be electrifying the F-Series, both battery-electric and hybrid. And we're doing the same for Transit."
Farley offered no time frame or specifics on just how Ford would go about electrifying their trucks.
They’ll have to get to work on it soon, however, as rival carmakers are already set to make a splash in the electric pickup market. Rivian has already announced their R1T electric pickup with over 700 horsepower and a range of up to 400 miles. Max towing on the R1T is predicted to be 11,000 lbs, while maximum payload is estimated at 1,764 lbs.
Ford will at least have to create something that’s competitive with those numbers, or otherwise come in at a vastly cheaper price point than the R1T’s $70,000.
Tesla is also reportedly working on an electric pickup truck, but we have few details and even less about when such a pickup will arrive.
Although very late to the electric game, Ford is planning on going all-in on battery-powered vehicles by releasing 24 hybrids and 16 full-EVs over the next fear years at the cost of $11 billion. It’s likely that the electrified F-150 will form a basis for Ford’s later vehicles, perhaps creating a platform that will be shared across their entire fleet of pickups and SUVs.
(Source: Detroit News)