Ford officially announces a 3.5-liter full Hybrid Engine for F-150
This marks the first pickup with a full hybrid powertrain.
Since the very first pickup truck, all of them have been powered by some form of petrol. That is, until now, because the next-generation of Ford F-150 will be made available with a full hybrid engine. It really does mark the end of one era, in the sense that this new F-150 is the stepping stone to fully-electrified trucks.
But in another way, this is the start of a new era, as the 2021 Ford F-150 will be the only pickup with a hybrid powertrain. Ford will use an all new engine, dubbed the 3.5-liter PowerBoost, which enlists the help of a 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. The PowerBoost engine makes 430 horsepower and 570 torques, making it the most most torque-packed F-150 (yes, even more than the outgoing Raptor).
Ford has gone to great lengths to make sure that the new PowerBoost engine is just as reliable as its fully-petrol-powered brothers. They put the PowerBoost-equipped trucks through rigorous offroad terrain, frozen tundras, high-humidy chamber endurance tests, salt baths, and traversing a desert mountain pass at over 100 degrees.
Needless to say, initial reliability isn't much of a concern for the new F-150. Ford even went to the extent to develop a unique durability test for the PowerBoost. The test consisted of a machine whose job was to act like a bat out of hell. It would violently shake the 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery to test its reliability. This machine puts the battery through 10 years of mechanical torture in just 82 hours.
Ford also had to make sure Pro Power Onboard, a 2.4 or 7.2 kilowatt battery, could stand for its own without breaking as well. Ford put the F-150 through some more torture, like making it climb the Davis Dam in the Mojave Desert, an 11.4 miles slope which climbs all the way up to 3,500 feet with a 6% grade, over and over again, and making it go back down. WHILE TOWING 12,700 POUNDS.
Perhaps the electric powertrain isn't all that bad after all? With all of that performance testing, torture, and overall better vehicle performance, it seems like a no-brainer to get the electric powertrain.
The new Ford F-150 will go on sale later this fall. It'll be built in the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, as well as the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.