It’s no secret that Ford is currently working an all electric version of its top selling F-150 pickup truck, with various prototypes, and a recently inked partnership with electric vehicle maker Rivian serving as the cumulative first steps towards this particular model’s development. But to address concerns that the F-150 electric would not have the chops to tackle hard jobs, Ford staged a bold test of the EV truck’s capabilities that should certainly put the world on notice.
Wheras other automakers are content with posting a teaser image or video, Ford engineers doubled down, and took a prototype F-150 electric to a local rail yard. There, the prototype pulled 10 double decker rail cars, which contained 42 gasoline powered F-150s and weighed in at a million pounds. This extreme example of capability shows just how strong and resilient the electric motors are, though potential owners looking to pull the same feat at their local rail yard are warned by Ford in fine print that the prototype is performing a one time only demonstration.
The company also confirmed that the F-150 hybrid model will arrive in dealerships first, with the EV variant arriving at an undisclosed point in the near future. The hybrid’s arrival will allow the Blue Oval to get the jump on GM and its still hybrid free truck lineup, while also giving the Ram 1500 e-Torque model some solid competition at the same time. Meanwhile, on the other side of the coin, the F-150 EV would be the first all electric pickup in this rapidly growing segment, and we suspect that the F-150 EV could borrow some tricks from Rivian including its battery technology, as well as other select elements including the inner workings of the EV motor. In the meantime, Ford released a special video highlighting this impressive test of strength, as well as some of the engineering necessary to make it all possible which can be seen below.
These weight pulling gigs are good for bragging. But reality is, the actual pulling forces needed to move it are no where near the weight being pulled. Looks cool though.