Not everything works well with batteries.
An all-electric Ford F-150 is coming in 2022 and the Blue Oval has made this very clear. The fourteenth-generation full-size truck will soon be in showrooms and there's no reason to think it won't be a massive success, as always. Another first is the F-150 hybrid, packing a combustion engine connected to an electric motor. Clearly, there's a new trend taking shape and in the not too distant future, both GM and Ram will introduce mainstream all-electric full-size trucks of their own; the GMC Hummer is more of a halo model.
Outside of Detroit, there's the Tesla Cybertruck, Rivian R1T, and Lordstown Endurance. But one question still remains, at least for Ford: What about fully electric Super Duty trucks?
During a recent forum covered by the Detroit Free Press, Ford president of the Americas, Kumar Galhorta, confirmed there are no current plans to electrify the Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450. "At the moment, we do not have any plans to go into heavy-duty with battery-electric vehicles."
This doesn't mean all-electric Super Duty trucks will never happen, but it appears unlikely for the current generation. How come? Two likely reasons: battery technology is not quite where it needs to be for heavy-duty truck purposes and a lack of consumer interest. However, Ford's commitment to electrification, in general, remains ironclad.
"Our goal is to build a profitable electric vehicle portfolio," said John Lawler, Ford's chief financial officer. "To do that, we need to leverage our strengths and the scale that we have. We're being very strategic about the platforms that we choose." Another important thing to know about the upcoming F-150 EV is that it won't ride on its own unique platform, but will rather share the existing one, albeit heavily modified, with the rest of the new F-150 lineup.
To compare, the Mustang Mach-E has its own dedicated platform designed new from the ground up. Later this month, the all-electric Transit commercial van will debut, and it too will ride on a platform shared with its combustion-engined counterpart.