2020 Ford Raptor Hybrid: The Way To Pickup Truck Electrification (Op/Ed)

2017 ford raptor design sketch
2017 Ford Raptor design sketch (photo credit: Ford)

What’s next for the Ford Raptor off-road pickup truck? The 2nd-generation truck went on sale this year, and it is a highly advanced and luxurious off-road machine. It’s also the quickest 0-60 MPH truck that we have ever tested. The truck is a test-bed for latest performance technologies, as evidenced by its high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with a rating of 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque.

The Raptor will be due for mid-cycle refresh for the 2020 model year. Adding a high-performance gas/electric hybrid powertrain could be just the ticket to keep the Raptor at the top of its game. Ford announced the intent to produce a hybrid Ford F-150 by 2020. Here is the Ford electrified vehicles press release from January 2017 that outline the plan for a hybrid Ford F-150 and other vehicles by 2020.

Ford Raptor Hybrid: Pros

The additional power and torque of a hybrid system could make the Raptor quicker than ever. The extra torque is always good for low-speed off-roading. It could offer a limited driving range on electric power alone. Ford says a hybrid F-150 could serve as a mobile generator. This would be very cool for your next off-road adventure/camping trip.

Ford Raptor Hybrid: Cons

Undoubtedly, the hybrid system will add cost to an already expensive truck. It will also add weight to a truck that is already challenged in the payload and tow rating department.

Ford would have to enhance Raptor’s off-road suspension to improve or simply maintain Raptor’s payload and towing capability. What about the high price? The initial price and dealership markups of the 2017┬áRaptor have not stifled the sales of the iconic off-road truck. My bet is that a Raptor Hybrid will be welcomed by the customers, and it could kick-start the general consumer acceptance of gas/electric hybrid pickup trucks.