Ford’s executive chairman has teased the possibility of a pure electric Ford F-150 at the 100th anniversary of the Ford Motor Rouge complex.
We already knew a hybrid F-150 was coming, but now Ford has hinted that a fully electric version of the popular pickup could eventually enter production. As reported by Green Car Congress, the Blue Oval company’s executive chairman Bill Ford discussed the future of the F-150 at the 100th anniversary of the Ford Motor Rouge complex in Dearborn, confirming that the hybrid version has been given the green light and will launch in 2020.
"[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," he said at the event. To the surprise of attendees, he then teased the possibility of a pure electric F-150.
"And then we’ll keep innovating,” he continued. “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."
Sounds like Ford is already preparing to take on the Tesla pickup. What we don’t know yet is when, but it won’t be until sometime next decade if it gets the green light. In the meantime, Ford is preparing to unleash its first ever pure EV in the form of a Mustang-inspired SUV in 2020, which will be built on Ford’s new modular electric platform. No performance specifications have been revealed, but Ford has confirmed it will have a 300-mile range.