While the electric F-150 isn’t slated to enter production until sometime in mid-2022, that hasn’t stopped fans and buyers alike from getting rather excited. Ford has already announced that they will be increasing production of the new pickup to meet customer demand, long before the ordering books are even scheduled to open. The automaker appears to be rather excited too, as they have just released a new teaser video highlighting the battery-powered pickup. While it is brief, this video does give us our first look at how the electrified version of America’s favorite vehicle will do in some seriously sour winter conditions.
The video is titled “Our EVs Don’t Hibernate,” and it features both the electric F-150 and the Mustang Mach-E. This is the first time that we have seen either of these vehicles tackling snowy roads, and they both appear to handle the slick stuff rather well. The electric F-150 in particular looks like a hoot in the deeper powder, as is made evident by the sideways rear end. Speaking of that rear end, the video also appears to give us our first look at the F-150’s rear suspension setup. Like the GMC Hummer EV, it appears that the F-150 will adopt an independent rear suspension when it features battery power.
Winter weather is a particularly challenging issue for electric vehicles. The batteries that power the cars are sensitive to temperature, and cold weather can cut down on a vehicles range and performance. This is only further exacerbated by the fact that EVs need to utilize some of their battery power to heat important electrical components, in order to protect them from failing. The same goes for the cabin heater, which doesn’t have an engine to produce heat. While this isn’t a huge problem for people in consistently warm climates, the effects can be felt in places where winter is less forgiving. Like GMC, Ford is looking for ways to mitigate these issues with winter testing. Considering how brutal Michigan winters are, they seem to be in the right place to try.
While this is only a short video, we can’t help but get excited to see more of the electric F-150. As we move closer to that 2022 production date, Ford will certainly begin to share more teasers with us all. Which electric truck would you rather use in the winter, the Hummer EV or the F-150?