There are few vehicles as iconic as the Ford F-150 pickup truck in the US. Not only is this segment of the market extremely large, the F-150 is the best-selling of the lot. In a big change for the brand, the 2021 Ford F-150 will now have a hybrid powertrain, signalling a big shift to more efficient vehicles over the gas guzzling behemoths of the past.
The new vehicle will have 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6, which will be paired with a 35kW electric motor. Ford is confident that it will be able to achieve a range of 700 miles (or over 1,100km). It has been dubbed the PowerBoost powertrain, which includes a 1.5kWh lithium-ion battery.
With the pickup truck an extremely important segment in North America, it is an important move that some might see as risky. The Ford F-150 has a passionate following with many fans loving the trusty (and thirsty) V8 engines that have been a staple of the range for decades. Recently, the entry models have become more efficient V6 EcoBoost engines, already sparking big reactions from the community.
Ford has also called the new F-150 the “most connected” truck it has ever produced. It has an 8-inch screen as standard, with a 12-inch optional extra, which will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Software includes Co-Pilot360 2.0 driver assist, with some versions of the range also having Active Drive Assist (similar to Tesla’s Auto Pilot) which can receive software updates over-the-air. Updates can happen automatically, which large firmware changes will be done overnight to reduce system downtime.
Its competition with the Tesla Cybertruck it one to watch over the next couple of years. Tesla have aimed their sights at the large, lucrative pickup market with a design no one saw coming. As traditional car manufacturers start encroaching on Tesla’s turf, the future of the hybrid and electric vehicle industry seems to be bright.
The new Ford F-150 pickup truck will launch sometime in Q3 2020 in North America.