► Prototype electric Ford F-150
► Tows over 1 million pounds
► Will be joined by hybrid F-150
The Ford F-150 is something of an American institution – and it’s about to go electric. Usually powered by engines such as a 3.0-litre diesel or a thumping 5.0-litre V8 petrol block, the F-series has been hauling loads in some form since the 40s – and a forthcoming EV model represents a seismic shift for the Blue Oval’s pick-up.
As you can imagine, persuading the F-150's customer base to trade gas for electricity will be a tough job, so Ford’s marketing team has skipped the spec sheets, and shown in clear terms just what an electric pick-up can do.
A new video released by Ford shows an electric F-150 prototype towing more than 1 million pounds using its electric motor. That's the combined total of 10 double-decker freight cars and 42 F-150 trucks.
It’s a very graphic illustration of the benefits you get from electric drivetrains – namely instant torque, and lots of it. And although this is a one-off demonstration and the impact on range isn’t shown, the optics will certainly give prospective buyers food for thought.
The current F-series has been the bestselling truck in America for 42 years. We can only imagine that the addition of electrified pick-ups will bolster its fortunes further.