• 2020 Ford F-150 Hybrid Is Coming: Which Power Would You Rather Have in Your Half-Ton? [Poll]


    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.


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    27 thoughts on “2020 Ford F-150 Hybrid Is Coming: Which Power Would You Rather Have in Your Half-Ton? [Poll]

    1. Thanks to all of you, who already participated in the poll. This information is very important to us, and it can influence what truck makers will be doing in the future.


    2. except for the e-silveraydo didnt get a peak hp/tq boost, although it does beef up the area under the curve.

      1. Peak numbers don’t mean squat. That’s why the ecoboost is so addicting. Near peak torque for most of your rev range. You just don’t realize how hard you accelerate because it’s effortless. That’s why it’s hard to get good gas mileage, it’s painful to baby it while most other vehicles it’s painful to stand on the gas

        1. Perfect description. It just pulls so well anywhere in the rpms, I rarely ever see mine go above 3k rpms to do what I need it too. I think you are probably right on the mpgs too. Mine will average 18 or so but I have a supercrew, long bed, with max tow package(3.73). So basically the worst F150 to represent gas mileage

    3. I voted Td6 just because I do not know what the price of gas (vs. diesel) will be in about 3 years from now. I love my Coyotte engine, but when I will replace the truck in about 3 more years, I may go with a diesel or ecoboost.

      1. Ford is going to have to make a decent improvement over the current EcoDiesel Ram MPG numbers to convince me I need one over an EcoBoost. 4×4 Ram ED is 19/26 vs a 4×4 Ecoboost at 17/23. Once I factor in my local gas vs diesel pricing the difference is effectively 0.

      2. I’m in the same boat. I love my 5.0, but my next truck will likely be a different motor. I love the thought of a smaller diesel in the F150, but all of the emissions systems and added cost are starting to scare me off of that. The 2.7 Ecoboost is looking very good.

    4. I have found that the vehicle with the best gas mileage is the one that is paid off. You can buy a LOT of gas for $500. The cost of some vehicles to save 2-3 MPGs doesn’t pay off for most people in less than 6-10 years. I will get a newer vehicle eventually. But I’m not jumping out of a functional vehicle and into a new set of payments just to save 3 (or even 10) MPGs.

      1. the cost/mile average for all of 2016 for my 10 year old car was 7-8 cents/mile. guessing it would take a long time to earn back the surcharge cost of a diesel with cost/mile that low.

    5. I favor whatever technologies don’t take away from my payload and storage, while increasing range. Many of us use our trucks for exploration, overland, search and rescue, or just live out in BFE where the price of gas is less important because you pay the pump either way, and you don’t want to use your truck’s storage capacity to carry external fuel or have to deal with cycling fuel so it doesn’t go bad. This is especially true if you are unfortunate enough to live urban, but spend your time away from it as much as possible. I see folks all the time harassed here in Oregon because they want to pump fuel into extra containers. They don’t even like when I bring my 32 or 36g trucks to the pump because it blocks the whole line up.

    6. Ford selling a Hybrid F150 in the Middle East. Thought it was an April Fools Joke at first. Firstly they sell very few F150’s at all in the ME. Hybrids are even rarer in countries floating on oil.

    7. The diesel would probably be too slow and not worth the cost. The ultimate truck would be an electric drive with the engine as a generator. It would literally tow like a freight train. Then, it would be fun to drive as well unlike the diesel.

      1. That’s not exactly true. Converting from one energy form to another ALWAYS results in a loss of efficiency. The first person to figure out how to efficiently convert heat directly into electricity will be the winner. Then you can take a gas/electric hybrid and get over 50% efficiency out of it.

      2. The electric motor in a full size pickup truck is not a good idea because the electric motor will burn out within a year or two if you have to tow heavy trailers that weigh around 4,000 lbs but the V8 on the other hand will last longer, sound better, and it will have more HP.

      3. You are sooo mistaking. Diesels are efficient clean and more fun to drive than any gas motor. The low end torque is addictive . Not to mention the longevity of the motor. Huh BMW 335d. X5d. Mecedes blutec I should not need to go on. Research the Audi w12 diesel and check it out. Come over to the other side!!

    8. I would prefer a generator powering a fuel cell. I could power my tools on any worksite, useful at campsites and I could accelerate as hard as I want without smoking out the minivan full of kids behind me. And imagine the AWD versions. With electric motors on all four wheels you would have a true 4 wheel lock that could turn on pavement without binding, something completely new. Right now because of differentials and axles you are stuck with AWD that is not as superior as 4 wheel lock in a few scenarios and stuck with 4 wheel lock that is not superior in many other situations. With electric motors on all 4 wheels the computer can control each wheel or all 4 depending on what is needed.

      And electric has superior torque and HP to a motor that has to rev to gain power. I love the sound of a V8, it is my drug of choice, especially turbocharged but the combustion motor is going to be old technology in the near future.

    9. From a practicality standpoint the gas/electric hybrid probably makes the most sense. Make mine with a 2.7L EB pushing the rear wheels and charging the batteries and electric motors pulling the fronts. Plugins make no sense for recreational or off the grid use until someone invents trees with power outlets.

    10. I`m waiting for the Ranger to come out with some sort of 2 litre ecoboost engine to replace ma aging Tacoma. I want better gas mileage than now. Tired of feeding the oil companies.

      1. @Marc,
        You will be waiting for a while, they dropped the 2litre Ecoboost that was an option on the Ford Falcon instead of the 4 Litre inline six

    11. I’ll stick with my F-150 3.5 ecoboost. Love the power and tow capability and the tow mirrors I got with it. Up state pa and ny in the mountains/hills I was doing 80 most of the time and got 20 mpg can’t complain

    12. 6.2 gas Turbo, I don’t care about gas mileage, if I did I would buy a corolla. I want power, torque off the line, V8 sound. Give me more not technology to have me peddle my little V6 or tiny turbo diesel. Can’t work on them. I want a 450-500 hp V8 that hauls butt and can pull whatever whenever. Don’t like the cutoff at redlights, you can tell, the whole vehicle acts dead. No we don’t buy trucks to get gas mileage..
      Give me a supercharged V8 how about that. California should not be making the decisions for the rest of us..let them keep their putt putt trucks..

      1. You are right. If they were to get rid of the V8, that means that they must be stupid or they don’t want us to have a truck with a powerful V8, but instead they want us to have a truck with a wimpy, little engine also known as “the little engine that can’t!”.

    13. Unfortunately electric motors in the eyes of many are associated with small hybrids and economy cars. An electric motor though can give massive torque and power. The fascination with engine noise is sentimental and all but really had nothing to do with an ability to haul.

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