Everything We Know About the Ford F-150 Hybrid
If you are looking for Ford Dealership locations that keep the latest inventory in stock, then you’ll be ecstatic to see our fleet here at DePaula Ford. Servicing Albany, NY and the surrounding areas, we’ve got the best selection of new Ford vehicles all year long. We also keep up with current Ford news and upcoming new vehicle release dates. You can always say you heard it first at DePaul Ford. We are excited to share some of the biggest news in the auto industry. The Ford F-150 Hybrid truck might be hitting dealership lots sooner than expected. It’s rumored to be rolling out as early as next year with a fully-electric version following closely on its wheels in 2021.
You read that right. Ford heard the pleas for a more eco-friendly truck, and they went above and beyond to make it into a reality. We dug a little deeper to find out more about this mysterious and innovative model.
Evolving an Icon
As the #1 best-selling truck in America for 42 straight years, the Ford F-150 is quite an impressive vehicle. It has turned itself into a household name by offering drivers the perfect balance of power, utility, and comfort.
So, how can Ford improve on this already amazing truck?
With the rising price of gas and the increasingly popular trend to reduce carbon emissions, Ford engineers knew there was only one way to go. Go green!
After some extensive market research, Ford found that many construction workers and contractors who drove F-150 trucks were adding heavy generators to the back for plugging in tools on job sites. The new F-150 Hybrid model will come equipped with the appropriate power outlets that can replace the generator. This will condense the amount of equipment that workers need to drag along, and it can also be useful for families who like to go off on adventures into the wild. You will be able to plug-in electric drink coolers for your day at the lake.
When you think of a Ford truck, the first thing that probably enters your mind is power and performance. These beasts are well-known for being able to pull just about anything. So, it’s natural to assume that the F-150 Hybrid will be underpowered. However, this is not going to be the case.
While the performance specs have not yet been released, Ford fans can expect the F-150 Hybrid to be just as powerful as its siblings. In fact, a hybrid powertrain is expected to provide more low-end torque that can be more useful in driving up steep inclines and towing heavy loads.
The estimated fuel economy and range have not been revealed yet, but we do know that the F-150 Hybrid can tow up to 5,000 pounds without breaking a sweat.
Taking Up Space
Another issue that consumers might think will be a problem is the space that many hybrid batteries take up. You can see an example of this with hatchback and sedan hybrid models. Many of them go from having a trunk that offers 16 cubic feet of space to having only 8 or 12 cubic feet of cargo room due to the size of the added battery pack.
This issue was not overlooked by the engineers at Ford. They took the time to design a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack that can be equipped below the second row of seating onto the chassis of the Ford Explorer. While it’s not yet verified, consumers can expect to see no issues with lost space due to the battery. It will most likely be hidden away like on the Explorer.
Folks have complained over the years that hybrids are too expensive. This is mainly due to the construction materials. It is rumored that the upcoming Ford F-150 Hybrid will be built out of aluminum, which is pricey. However, Ford has conducted extensive research across its truck lineup, and they have found that people are willing to pay for a vehicle that has better capabilities.
Using more aluminum will make the truck lighter and boost fuel efficiency. It will also increase the vehicle’s towing and payload capabilities, which is a major plus for truck enthusiasts. Utility is worth a lot in today’s market.
Find Your Perfect Ford
If you are waiting for the F-150 Hybrid to hit the lot, be sure to check in with our team of auto experts here at DePaula Ford in Albany, NY. We stay up-to-date with the latest news and will be happy to help you snag the first hybrid trucks to roll onto the lot. If you are looking for a different new or used vehicle to drive off the lot with today, give us a call or stop by for a test drive!