The Ford The F-Series truck franchise alone generates more revenue than McDonalds, Nike, Coca Cola, Visa and Netflix. But if you’ve been paying attention, chances are you already knew that. Chances are you also realize that trucks are an essential part of how high-economic impact projects like buildings, roads, and houses get built. And also a crucial tool on how independent small business owners like electricians and landscapers make a living. These are jobs that cannot be done as efficiently with run-of-the-mill econoboxes. But with both social and political pressures for electrification, Ford Motor Company has committed to both a hybrid F-150 PowerBoost, and also a fully electric Ford F-150. The true name of it has not yet been realized.
Production of the electric Ford F-150 will begin in mid 2022 (pending further delays), but it wasn’t until this morning at the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center that the American automaker released a few other crucial details about the EV pickup truck.
Primarily, Ford disclosed today that the all-electric F-150 will be “the most powerful” F-150 yet, in both measures of horsepower and torque. The electric Ford F-150 will also be the quickest F-Series variant available on the market when it debuts – which means it will even surpass the upcoming Raptor version. It will achieve this with just two electric motors, whereas others are using three- and four-motor setups. Additionally, since there’s no engine under the hood, the front of the electric Ford F-150 will feature a vault-like storage compartment. Similar to that of the Rivian R1T, and Hummer EV. And like the Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid, the electric version will allow workers to plug in their equipment on the job site. Or campsite, if you prefer.
Crucially – and this is important for fleets, thus a major chunk of sales – Ford touts that this electric pickup truck will have lowest expected lifetime total cost of operation among F-Series trucks. But it will be a while before this last claim is put to the test.
Concrete numbers of the Ford F-150 EV, such as payload, towing, 0-60, horsepower and torque, remain classified.