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Ford F-150 Review: F-150 Electric Truck Prototype

Ford F-150 Review: F-150 Electric Truck Prototype

On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, Ford's COO, Jim Farley, announced the arrival of an all-electric Ford F-150 by mid-2022. Speaking at the Deutsche Bank 2020 Global Auto Industry Conference, Farley also confirmed that a hybrid version would be here sooner than later. While Ford Motor Company has not released a firm timeline for the hybrid electric F-150 just yet, rumour has it that it's being fast-tracked for production and could arrive as soon as the 2021 model year. Here's a rundown on what's known so far about the new electric F-150.

 

 

Performance

 

Ford has not yet released any specs regarding the new electric F-150's power options. In July of last year, however, Ford engineers used a prototype F-150 EV to tow a 1,000,000-pound train filled with forty-two F-150 pickups. Ford made the point that the new electric F-150 will have ample power for whatever comes its way.

 

Infotainment

 

Currently, all F-150 trims come standard with Ford's exclusive infotainment system - SYNC3. The SYNC3 system lets users seamlessly pair with their cell phones for hands-free calling and texting. Ford's Applink allows owners to use the F-150's colour touchscreen to control their favourite apps, as well. The Waze navigation app, along with music services like Pandora and iHeartRadio, and even Amazon Alexa, can also be controlled by the SYNC3 system. Along with an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot with the ability to handle up to ten devices, the available FordPass App gives owners the capability to lock, unlock, start, and stop their F-150 from almost anywhere.

 

Tech

 

Ford's patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reveals a bit of a first glance at its electric F-150. The application details a new method of integrating batteries into a body-on-frame platform. This type of battery placement has the potential to yield an extended range and plenty of flexibility.

 

The Frunk

 

The recently filed patent application also detailed plans for a front trunk, or "Frunk," on the electric F-150. Accessed by opening up the front grille (not the hood), the frunk will add interior space for cargo not suited for the open bed. On the prototype, the front cargo area is well-lit with two bins sitting one behind the other. The bins slide in and out. The front bin can also flip out to the side, allowing easy access to the rear bin.

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