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Bill Ford: Rouge to produce 2020 hybrid F-150; possible full-electric F-150

At a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Ford Motor Rouge complex in Dearborn, MI, Ford Chairman Bill Ford confirmed that the plant will build the 2020 Ford F-150 Hybrid. He also teased the possibility of a fully electric F-150:

[The 2020 Ford F-150 Hybrid is] going to be a truck that takes you farther without sacrificing power and a truck that helps you do more when you get there, with electricity for everything from your tools to your camping gear.

And then we’ll keep innovating. When it comes to building the best trucks in the world, we never rest. Whether they’re gas, diesel, hybrid—or when the time comes, fully electric—we will ensure they power the world in a sustainable way and remain Built Ford Tough.

—Bill Ford


with electricity for everything from your tools to your camping gear.
Heh.  It's the Dodge Ram Contractor Edition... FINALLY!

I'm looking forward to the Expedition twin.

I'm crossing my fingers for a 2L T with a 30Kwh pack. I'll even take a 1L inline 3 with the 30Kwh pack.

I know typical traditional "no replacement for displacement" guys wouldn't buy these things anyway, but they will make a big stink over these. Just like the Ecoboost or general downsizing in other brands.

Electric motors along with the regen, should handily outperform traditional setups for towing, yet I know there will be resistance.

I just want a plug in SUV with decent e-range, regen, a 30-50Amp 110 outlet , in a series hybrid layout, and a 30kwh battery.


CE, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gets you pretty close to your SUV. I have one, think it’s a great value for the price.


I don't think there's much to be gained from the series hybrid arrangement given the SUV format.  There's a lot to lose, like mandatory double-conversion losses from engine to wheels.  You can still get rid of the main driveshaft by going electric drive for the rear wheels and leaving the engine connected only to the front wheels.

Having driven a 6000-lb-plus rig up a mountain with a 2-liter TDI engine turning just 2100 RPM, I'll go with a 2-liter as marginally acceptable for such heavy-duty use but I'd prefer 2.5.  I think a 1-liter would be too heavily loaded and have to turn too fast to get the required power to have acceptable durability.

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