This article was originally published by Michael Coates on Clean Fleet Report, a publication that provides its readers with the information they need to navigate the best fuel economy cars and trucks, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and advanced diesel and gasoline engines.
Only five years have passed since the last major redesign of the Ford F-150, not long historically in the world of trucks, but with the competition that heats up both traditional competitors and newcomers, Ford is pushing forward with the introduction of the all-new 2021
The goal of this week’s introduction, hosted by Ford spokesman Dennis Leary and featuring a variety of Ford employees and F-150 customers, was to demonstrate that Ford is well aware that its position as the industry leader (the best-selling truck in the past 43 years) is not something that is presumed, but a result to be regained every year. The 2021 Ford F-150 has a very simple goal: to maintain and expand the market advantage for another year or two.
Highlights of the introduction (some details below) included the presentation of a new fully hybrid model and confirmation of the arrival of a fully electric version. The other big takeaway is that electrification in a pickup takes a significantly different form than in a sedan. In a truck application, the emphasis of a large battery is less on propulsion and zero-emission miles than providing a mobile power source for tools and toys.
Next year’s F-150, which goes on sale this fall, follows the typical pickup model of offering a dizzying number of options in an attempt to provide a potential pickup for every possible buyer. The completely redesigned truck (each of the aluminum exterior panels is new) will offer six engines, 13 different wheels and 11 grill options in half a dozen trim levels.
Focus on fuel economy
Although no official fuel economy numbers are available, Ford pointed out that it was the most aerodynamic pickup the company has ever designed, employing grid shutters, a new pneumatic dam with automatic distribution and a new geometry of the cabin and tailgate for reduce resistance and reduce fuel consumption on all models.
The new F-150 hybrid will use a brand new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, powered by a 35 kW / 47 horsepower electric motor. A 10-speed transmission and a 1.5 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery (mounted between the chassis rails so as not to occupy passenger or load space) complete the powertrain.
The fully electric F-150 will arrive in 2022, according to Ford COO Jim Farley. When it arrives, it will likely face several competitors, including Rivian R1T, GMC Hummer, Tesla Cybertruck, Lordstown Endeavor and Nikola Badger.
Electrification at work
In the present, Ford sees electricity as another tool for the job. The 2021 F-150 will produce up to 7.2 kilowatts (kW) of exportable power, enough to operate a generator and a variety of power tools through 120 volt and / or 240 volt outlets.
A variety of high-tech features have been added to Ford that underscore how traditional the modern pickup has become. A clever addition is that, with a few quick hardware changes, the center console can become a desk large enough to hold a laptop. Above that center console half of the F-150 range will have 12.0-inch touchscreen displays, corresponding to what is becoming the standard for the segment. The display will be equipped with Sync4, the latest version of the Ford infotainment system. Ten new advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) will be available.
Recognizing the variety of uses that a truck could undergo, Ford designed the front seats to tilt 180 degrees, so not only the pickup and the office, but also a bedroom. Under the rear seat is a lockable storage unit for storing valuables or expensive tools.
Most of the list
What a pickup needs is a list of more and Ford has drawn up a long one. The stated goal of the 2021 F-150 is to be able to tow the largest load in its class, carry the heaviest payload, have more power and torque, and even the longest range.
Don’t expect the competition to get him lying down, but Ford also had other news last week that went far beyond the news on the redesign of its best-selling product. The company has set a goal to become carbon neutral by 2050 with three areas of interest that represent 95 percent of CO companies2 emissions:
- Use of the vehicle
- Supply base
On the vehicle side, it is investing $ 11.5 billion until 2022 in the Mustang Mach-E, Transit Commercial and fully electric F-150. All its production facilities are expected to use 100% of locally sourced renewable energy by 2035.
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