It comes as no secret that Ford is involved in developing an all-electric vehicle of the F-150 pickup truck. Back in 2017, Ford announced that it would be bringing an electric version of its best-selling vehicle, the F-150. The American company finally takes a step in the right direction by announcing a hybrid version in 2020. The regular F-150s are usually powered by husky 3.0 or 5.0-litre petrol or diesel engines. With that being said, the all-electric vehicle announced is going to be a huge shift in the future for F-150.
Why an electric F-150?
It’s not an easy task to ditch a big gas guzzler like the F-150 for an electric powertrain. Many people believe it may simply not have enough raw power and aggression the truck delivers with its gas models. However, that may not be entirely true. The addition of an electric powertrain will offer a lot of torque making it a lot quicker off the line.
That’s because the electric motor inside of an electric vehicle generates torque in a way that produces the necessary force to get the car moving quicker than its conventional counterpart. Furthermore, Ford is teasing its latest electric F-150 in a test of torque showing its immense towing capability.
Is this a game-changer?
In the video, Ford claims that the F-150 is far beyond any production truck’s capacity. As of now, Tesla Model X holds the record for pulling the heaviest load of a 287 ton Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. In this stunt, performed by Linda Zhang, chief engineer of the Ford F-150, has lined up 10 double-decker rail cars loaded with 42 examples of the 2019 F-150.
The total weight of the composition is approximately 453.5 tons. By pulling off this stunt, Ford has managed to heat up the electric pickup market. However, it would be interesting to see how towing weights like this would impact the battery and car’s range.