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Ford News: Spying: Plug-In Hybrid Arrives for the Ford F-150

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Earlier this month, Ford CEO Mark Fields dropped some big bombshells concerning the company. One of those was a hybrid version of the F-150 for 2020. A spy photographer has given us our first look at what Ford has in mind for this.

The F-150 mule caught in pictures only has the front covered up. But it appears the truck is a plug-hybrid. This conclusion is due to flaps that aren't hidden so well. One of these likely has the door hiding the socket to plug in the truck. The photographer who took the photos reports the mule had a slightly narrow front track and sounded like it had a four-cylinder under the hood. Motor1 isn't sure about this considering Mark Fields said the model "will offer powerful towing and payload capacity and operate as a mobile generator.” Achieving this with a four-cylinder could be tough unless Ford is planning to have a big battery pack and electric motors to do it. Over at Trucks.com, they think the F-150 plug-in hybrid could use the 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder found in the Mustang as it delivers 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque - giving it the necessary power to pull off Field's claim.

Source: Motor1, Trucks.com


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Not sure how well this will do.

It has to be a big difference in MPG to get many buyers to move from normal ICE engines.

Also most of these people are not tree huggers. Selling them a Plug in truck is like selling a Chain Saw to an environmentalist. One has to remember most truck buyers are not worried about MPG and will miss rolling coal.

Ford I suspect may try to push these in their fleet sales if they can price it right as a cost savings vehicle. It also will give them a large test fleet. I can see city governments doing this.

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I agree with Hyperv6, I see this as a truck for the Gov agencies and not much of a sell to the public. If they had a mid size or true compact EV truck, that would go over big for the Cities and City dwellers.

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6 hours ago, dfelt said:

I agree with Hyperv6, I see this as a truck for the Gov agencies and not much of a sell to the public. If they had a mid size or true compact EV truck, that would go over big for the Cities and City dwellers.

I just don't see much in the public till they are cheaper or hold some advantage worth paying more for. 

Truck people are not tech creatures. 

Now Auto Zone may replace the Sonic with a small Plug in Colorado standard cab base model.

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1 hour ago, hyperv6 said:

I just don't see much in the public till they are cheaper or hold some advantage worth paying more for. 

Truck people are not tech creatures. 

Now Auto Zone may replace the Sonic with a small Plug in Colorado standard cab base model.

My thinking is you can already have a 300 mile EV truck and with a mini or mid size, true city folks that want a truck for runs to Home Depot and city gov will want this as a very clean quiet work vehicle / weekend project truck.

Think 2 person BOLT with a bed.

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City people are not truck people.

They buy a Forester and borrow the father in laws truck from the suburbs. Or they pay delivery.

I see it daily.

Their best hope is fleets if they keep the price down.

Real truck people want it 

loud and dirty.

if you knew how many Corsa and Borlas I move just for trucks alone it is staggering. 

When they paint Mud Militia on the truck they are not worried about saving the planet.

True local large off road club.

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Two person Bolt with a bed is such an ugly image, it'll never sell, despite how practical....or a mechanism for cost of operating savings.

 

OH BOY THE RETURN OF THE CHEVY CAMINO....

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