Ford's EVs "don't hibernate," the company boasts.
Unless you live under a rock, you know that Ford is hard at work on an all-electric version of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck. In fact, that's the single most significant change as the full-size truck enters its all-new fourteenth generation - bigger than the available hybrid powertrain and nifty bed-mounted 110-volt electrical outlets.
But even while automakers like Tesla, Rivian, Bollinger, and even GMC all proudly show off their own pure-electric pickup truck designs, the forthcoming Ford F-150 Electric has proven rather camera shy. Just about the most significant exposure the truck has had so far is appearing in a video released by Ford last year in which it uses its mountain of low-rpm electric torque to tow a train.
Now, Ford is teasing its battery-powered workhorse again.
The Ford F-150 Electric just appeared in a new clip published to Facebook this week, in which the automaker boasts "our EVs don't hibernate." It's unclear just how close to production-spec the truck in the video is; to our eyes, it doesn't look significantly different than the prototype that Ford showed off last year, even wearing the same yellow hood and bodyside graphics.
That could be because the production version of the all-electric F-150 is expected to look more-or-less just like the gasoline- and diesel-powered versions, but with a full-width light bar spanning across the front fascia. And really, when you have the best-selling vehicle in North America, why would you take any risks changing up the formula?
More importantly, what the video does show is that cold-weather performance is a key concern for Ford as it takes its first significant steps into the EV space. Lithium-ion batteries of the sort used to power most production EVs don't tend to like cold weather, often losing a significant amount of range as energy is depleted to heat both the cabin and the batteries themselves. Turning electrons into heat is a hugely wasteful process, it turns out.
Just as significant, one shot in the video appears to show the F-150 Electric riding on an independent rear suspension, ditching the traditional live axle in favor of something a bit more modern. If you're worried about what that might mean for the battery-powered F-150's towing capacity, we might direct you back to Ford's video of the truck literally pulling a freaking train.