Here's Why A Ford F-150 EV Won't Happen Anytime Soon


First clue: trucks require two things cars don't.

Ford has never been shy about its intentions to be more environmentally friendly. Examples include its entire EcoBoost engine lineup, the Focus EV and an upcoming hybrid Mustang and F-150 pickup truck. Even electric crossovers are in the pipeline. But why won’t Ford go all the way and make that future F-150 a pure EV? Business Insider recently spoke with Ford chief technology officer Raj Nair as to why that won’t be happening (at least not in the near future). The reason is actually very simple.

“In a CUV, you aren’t too worried about payload or towing, but it’s very different for a truck,” Nair explained. “And when you put that number of cells and that much weight into the vehicle, it does cut into payload and towing.” As any self-respecting truck customer fully understands, payload and towing capabilities are two of the most important issues, and any hindrance to either one would not be good, to say the least. But what about that upcoming hybrid F-150? Will it suffer from less payload and towing? A hybrid truck’s capabilities won’t be compromised, according to Nair. Quite the opposite. A hybrid truck adds value because Ford wants “electrification to be a bonus.

You Might Also Like
7 American Cars That We Would Bring Back From The Grave
7 American Cars That We Would Bring Back From The Grave
7 Famous Cars That Began Life As Something Else
7 Famous Cars That Began Life As Something Else

One thing that is really advantageous on the hybrid is it also becomes its own power generating source,” Nair stated. So what about Tesla working on an EV pickup truck of its own? It could arrive sometime within the next two years, in fact. We don’t know yet whether it will be mid- or full-size; the F-150 is the latter. Ford still needs more time to figure how (or if) an EV full-size pickup is even doable, but nothing has been ruled out, according to Nair. Ford is already investing some $4.5 billion in electric vehicle technology, so who knows what will come of that. In the meantime, Nair thinks “hybrids and plug-in hybrids are going to be a big part of this electrification story. Not just your battery electric car.”

Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Truck Makes More Power Than Anything You’ve Got

This crazy beast is even more powerful than the Ford GT.

Ford Imagines A Future With No Traffic Lights

Stopping at junctions could be a thing of the past in the future.

One-Off Ferrari 330GT Speciale Is A 50-Year-Old Dream Come True

This stunning coachbuilding project is a tribute to legendary Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.

What's Hot

Related Cars

Starting MSRP

Related Reviews

2018 Ford F-150 Test Drive Review: America’s Most Popular Vehicle Hits Another Home Run
Test Drive
2018 Ford F-150 Test Drive Review: America’s Most Popular Vehicle Hits Another Home Run