Ford recently released a demonstration video of what a pre-production electric F-150 can do. The video first shows the electric F-150 towing 10 empty double-decker freight cars over a distance of a thousand feet. The empty freight cars alone weigh over one million pounds or around 453,593 kilograms. Next to these freight cars are 42 F-150s representing the 42 years of the F-150. This lineup of trucks also happens to line up to a distance of 1000 feet.
After towing these 10 empty freight cars, the video ups the ante by adding the 42 lined up F-150 trucks into the double-decker freight cars. The test is done again but with a towing weight further exceeding the one million pound mark thanks to the weight of the 42 F-150s inside.
According to Linda Zhang, F-150 Chief Nameplate Engineer, this prototype all-electric truck is towing "far beyond any production truck's published capacity" and you should "never tow beyond a vehicle's towing capacity.”
Ford earlier this year announced via its president of global markets, Jim Farley, that it is already working on a production version of an all-electric F-150. While the release date is still unknown the manufacturer promises "the all-electric Ford F-150 is coming."
From the earlier prototypes of the electric F-150, the batteries were located under the cabin giving the vehicle a lower center of gravity. A charging port is also integrated into the front bumper. Nothing is confirmed yet if this will be the final layout. No word yet either in terms of the possible range and power figures. But one thing is for sure, the electric F-150 is something to look out for.
With this video out in the open, will there be a possibility of an all-electric or at least a hybrid Ford Ranger that’s bound for markets outside the U.S.? We’re not sure, but if it were to happen, it will be a game-changer as hybrid boost and instantaneous torque from electric powertrains would be beneficial for a vehicle that requires torque on demand, as seen in the video below.