Ford Confirms Plans For An Electric F-150

Ford has repeatedly talked about its upcoming F-150 Hybrid, but the automaker used yesterday’s Deutsche Bank Global Automotive Conference to confirm plans for an electric variant.

According to The Detroit News, Ford’s president of global markets used the conference to reveal “We’re going to be electrifying the F-Series – battery electric and hybrid.” Jim Farley declined to elaborate, but said the move was designed to “futureproof” the company’s range of popular pickups.

The news of a battery electric pickup was unexpected and Fox News reached out to Ford’s North American product communications manager, Mike Levine, who confirmed Farley was indeed talking about “an all-electric F-150.”

Needless to say, this is pretty big news as the Ford F-150 has been America’s best-selling vehicle for years. Last year alone, the automaker sold over 909,000 F-Series trucks in the United States.

Little is known about the truck at this point, but the next-generation F-150 will be introduced in 2020. The company has already confirmed the redesigned truck will be offered with a hybrid powertrain and noted 90 percent of the manufacturing equipment used to make the current F-150, can be reused for the next-generation model. It remains unclear if the electric variant will be based on the next-generation F-150, but it seems likely.

The decision to offer an electric F-150 is interesting as GM’s vice president of global strategy, Mike Abelson, recently said “There will not be any AV/EV [autonomous / electric] pickups” coming from them. The chances of seeing an electric Ram also seem slim, but the company already offers an eTorque mild hybrid system on the 2019 Ram 1500.

There’s no word on when the electric F-150 will arrive, but it wouldn’t be the only electric pickup on the market. Rivian’s R1T is slated to go into production in 2020 and so is Bollinger’s B2 pickup. Tesla is also working on their own electric truck, but an exact launch date hasn’t been set in stone.

  • MikeofLA

    My lease on my ’18 F-150 is up in April of 2021 and if Ford doesn’t have this ready by then I’ll be searching elsewhere. Hope they get this out ASAP.

    • This guy

      I 100% agree with you, mine is up at the same time. i have already been looking at Rivian and their counterparts. Range anxiety is my issue with full electric, but a big enough battery could solve that. Im not sure I’m ready to go full electric quite yet but I wont think twice about hybrid.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    last thing i wanna buy is a f150..no thanks

    • brn

      So you’re not the target market to begin with? Your input is appreciated.

  • FordMopar

    Electric full-size pickup?? It’s 50 grand for normal version! What’s it gonna be, 100 grand for this one?? I really hate the hype about electric vehicles….. it’s dumb!

    • I would say what’s dumb is having ICE cars poison our cities. That’s dumb. Using inefficient outdated technology, that’s dumb too.

      • Michael_66589

        Inefficient, outdated vehicles were last electric cars sold in 1920s.

      • FordMopar

        Hybrid the cars. Car companies think all Americans can afford to buy/lease electric vehicles twice the amount of price/payments. They are trying to rush these 2050 model year type of vehicles to public like yesterday. They need to slow it down and find ways to keep costs down.

    • Stephen G

      Henry Ford’s wife drove a Detroit Electric and wouldn’t drive anything else.

    • brn

      Starting with an expensive vehicle makes sense. It’s a lower percentage increase than if you had started with a less expensive vehicle.

  • Tim Manning

    Watch out Rivian.

    • Bash

      Exactly, Ford want to be the first. But tbh, the rivian is way much more nicer.

  • TheAmerican

    Used to be a Ford truck guy. Once they started pushing those crappy ecoboost engines and electric stuff, I became a chevy guy.

    • Bullitt2605

      I own a 17 Explorer Sport with the 3.5 EB and it’s one of the best engines out there. I spent a week with a 2.7 EB F150 and was equally impressed. They tow our 14 cargo trailer with ease, get decent mpg, 17 around town including towing with my Explorer and when you need it 5.8 sec to 60. I am glad you like your Chevy, someone has to.

  • kachuks

    Will electric motors, with all their torque, be able to replace turbo diesels anytime in the near future?

  • charlotteharry57

    I’d be curious to know exactly how many EV and hybrid F-150s Ford thinks it’ll sell. Probably WAY optimistic. Bet it’s less than 5% of total sales, probably more like .5%. If that.

  • Paul

    It might be fine if all you ever do is commute with your truck, otherwise some of the other truck duties will be hard on battery packs.

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