Major US manufacturers have been promising to make electric cars for years. But because they're in the USA, they don't want to innovate. So they have been slow in keeping their promises. However, we are glad to announce that the second-largest US automaker has decided to give one of its iconic line of pickup trucks the electric touch. Yes, Ford has announced that its engineers are preparing an all-electric F-150. Thankfully, it has avoided the curse of many early ugly electric vehicles. Yes, we’re glad that it doesn’t look like a half-baked science project that was made by Shaggy and Scooby Doo. In fact, the average person wouldn't even know the truck was electric unless they look at the charging port found in the front fender. The charging port of the all-electric F-150 is the same as the one used in the Ford Fusion Energi. In 2018, the F-series line was the United States’ best-selling model line, selling more than 900,000 units. Just like Lebron James on numerous occasions, the F-150 stood out as the most valuable player, with more than 40 million sales since 1959. Let’s take a look at the new baby.
Which are the main competitors?
Ford claims that it is launching the all-electric Ford F-150 to cater to its changing clientele. Though this makes sense because we are moving into an eco-friendly electric future, we smell some “Cain vs. Abel” kind of jealousy. We feel like Ford has launched this vehicle because of increased pressure from its competitors. We know that Tesla is working on a truck and, even better, the Rivian R1T pickup has arrived. The Ford F-150 is expected to have a standard dynamically-adjusting suspension and dual-motor all-wheel drive. On the other hand, the Tesla pickup has the advantage of being able to offer a flexible rear tailgate, support Autopilot, and a mobile 240V power supply.
Where does the power come from?
According to reports, the electric powertrains can last for around seven hours; it will provide a range of 160 km (100 miles) when the battery is fully charged. Some insiders have revealed that the range will reduce to around 115 km when the truck is working. It offers more twist when it's compared to the current base V6 engine; it will now generate 300 lb-ft of torque and 210 horsepower.
When can I buy it?
Ford has remained non-committal on when it will release its all-electric F-150, but it shouldn’t be too far away, especially if it wants to catch up with the Tesla pickup which is likely to launch in 2020. However, the company has announced that 2020 is the year of the BEV SUV, which boasts of at least 300 miles of range (originally called the Ford Mach 1.)
How does it drive?
The new all-electric F-150 boasts unique propulsion properties that make it speed off more assertively than the current gas-fuelled F-150, this is because it generates maximum torque at zero rpm.
Why are companies moving towards an electric future?
Car manufacturers are slowly adopting electric cars because they are friendlier to the environment, and buyers want to be greener. In the United States, vehicles are responsible for polluting the environment with the massive amounts of greenhouse gases, with 60 percent of these pollutants coming from light-duty trucks and cars. Carbon dioxide emissions will reduce drastically if more manufacturers adopt electric cars. Although many challenges come with electrifying vehicles, Ford’s entry into the electric game is a sign that clean vehicles are becoming increasingly popular among manufacturers.
What is our take about the all-electric Ford F-150?
Consumers need to buy into the idea of electric vehicles for them to succeed. The F-150 already enjoys unmatched popularity, and therefore it is undoubtedly the right truck to spread the gospel of electric trucks, especially in work environments. You’ll get the impression that you’re dealing with a “normal” F-150 when you experience the new electric Ford F-150, and that’s a huge win. This EV has successfully evolved from being a gasoline-powered beast. We expect it to be received with the same excitement as the Rivian.
What does the future hold?
Ford keeps on growing, and its various arms are now more plentiful than an octopus. It has reached out to Volkswagen, signing a deal that allows the two companies to combine their utilities. This means that Ford will build many vehicles with VW, including a Raptor-inspired midsize pickup. The two companies are also expected to produce autonomous and electronic vehicles, in fact, we have heard some speculations that VW might offer its MEB all-electric platform to Ford. If these rumors are anything to go, then we will be in for a real treat that will blend American creativity and German perfection.