Ford believes its pending F-150 battery-electric pickup truck is still about two years away from consumer sales. But the manufacturer is already touting it will cost about half as much to operate as its current gas-powered stablemates.
The new version of the country’s best-selling vehicle will also be the most powerful Ford truck ever made.
With zero gas and oil usage, low electric charging rates and lower maintenance costs, the Ford F150 EV truck will thrive on its efficiency, according to Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of the Americas and International Markets Group.
Ford Ford F-150: Fast, Furious
Scheduled to begin production in mid-2022, the Ford F-150 EV will have the fastest 0-to-60-mph time and produce the most torque and horsepower in the style’s history.
Without an engine, Ford is touting the new truck with a “giant front” for increased storage.
Ford has dominated the pickup truck segment for decades. But the EV truck market is likely to include stiff competition. Tesla, Rivian and Nikola are segment newcomers and are only making EV trucks.
While any new Ford truck creates plenty of interest, the carmaker’s EV participation will expand the prominent truck series.
The Ford electric battery will be assembled in the under-construction Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. It’s located next to the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich., where the ICE-powered F-150 models are built. The EV truck’s body and paintwork will be completed alongside ICE-powered models.
Article Last Updated: October 22, 2020.
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