Ford is reaffirming its promise of hybrid-powered pickup trucks with the recent announcement of a Ford F-150 Hybrid, which should reach the market by 2020. The specifics are still scarce. We don’t know precisely which powertrain combination an F-150 Hybrid will use. Ford did says that the electrified F-150s will be built at their Dearborn Truck Plant, it will offer “powerful towing and payload capacity”, and will be able to operate as a mobile generator. Ford plans to sell the F-150 Hybrid in North America and the Middle East.
Ford joins several other companies in their push for truck electrification. Nikola One semi truck concept and the Chevy Colorado ZH2 concept are targeting fuel-cell technology for pure electric propulsion. The Workhorse W-15 concept is targeting a plug-in electric drive pickup truck, with a gasoline engine providing for electricity for an extended range. All of these concepts also offer the mobile electric generator feature. Consider powering a job site, your home, or your campsite using your pickup. Tesla is reportedly working on an all-electric pickup truck.
Ford did not specify that the 2020 F-150 will be a plug-in Hybrid. This likely means that the electrified F-150 will use both a combustion engine and electric motors to drive the truck. In other words, the truck will not be able to go an extended distance on electric power alone or tow/haul maximum loads solely on electric power.
On the other hand, GM, Ford, and Ram offer (or are planning to offer) a turbo-diesel engine option in their half-ton or midsize pickup trucks. Ram has been selling the 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel for a couple of years. GM offers a 2.8L I4 turbo-diesel in the Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon.
GM is currently selling a “mild gas-electric” hybrid Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra in California.
This brings up an interesting question for the most popular pickup truck segment in the United States – the 1500-series half-tons. Which power would your rather have in your half-ton? Please use the poll below and the comments section to let us know. We can take your feedback to Detroit next week and discuss it with the truck makers.