Ford Demonstrates Towing Capabilities of F-150 All-Electric Prototype
At the start of the year, Jim Farley confirmed what many had already suspected — that Ford is hard at work on developing a fully electric Ford F-150 pickup. In a surprising turn of events, the public didn’t have long to wait to see some of what the final product might be able to do.
Ford this week released a video in which Linda Zhang, the chief engineer of the F-150, demos the towing capability of an F-150 all-electric prototype. In the video, the F-150 tows 10 double-decker rail cars and 42 2019 Ford F-150s, which in total weigh more than 1 million pounds.
Oh, so it’ll tow that much then, you exclaim. Well, Ford is quick to note that “The all-electric F-150 prototype is towing far beyond any production truck’s published capacity in a one-time short event demonstration.” You’re also urged to consult your owner’s manual before you try to hook up 1 million pounds of stuff to your truck. Good to know, huh?
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“Nothing makes a bigger statement than being America’s best-selling pickup for the last 42 years,” said Zhang. “The all-electric F-150 will continue to have the toughness, capability and innovation F-150 customers have come to expect. We wouldn’t build an all-electric F-150 if it wasn’t Built Ford Tough.”
Zhang, who has been with Ford for 23 years, was also part of the team that built the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer. She says that experience gave her a unique perspective that has thus far helped her in the role of chief engineer for the F-150, which see took over last year.
“I understand different vantage points of the teams because I’ve experienced it all. It helps being able to pull the team together for a common goal. At the end of the day, we’re all here to make a better truck for the customer,” she said.
Ford has not confirmed when the all-electric F-150 is coming to market. A Ford F-150 Hybrid is set to go into production next year.
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