As the new 2021 Ford F-150 heads into production, Ford Motor Co. prepares to push into an electrified future with an EV version of the popular pickup truck and the manufacturing facility to support it. We don’t have too many details about the all-electric F-150 or the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, which will build it, but we figured we’d break down what we do know with some fast facts – and what that might actually mean.
A 2023 model
Though Ford didn’t spell it out, we anticipate the all-electric F-150 will be a 2023 model. In its press release, Ford simply states the F-150 EV will come to market in mid-2022. Since automakers rarely launch a vehicle of the same model year within that model year, we’re making an educated guess here.
Also, on the lack-of-details side of things, we’re not even sure how Ford will define this new F-150 model. Will it be called the F-150 EV? Or will Ford make a play on the popular “boost” nomenclature it’s adopted for the other fuel-efficient powertrains? So, since we have an EcoBoost gasoline model and PowerBoost hybrid, could Ford dub the EV ElectricBoost or eBoost?
The most powerful F-150
Ford intends for this EV truck to be the best of the best of the best, and its dual electric motors will allow it to deliver the most power, fastest acceleration and best ability to tow heavy trailers of any F-150 ever built.
But what does that mean exactly? Well, for 2020, the most-powerful engine is the high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, and that delivers 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. Ford has stated the PowerBoost HEV will be more powerful than that, so this new EV will have to be even more powerful than that.
Could we be looking at 500 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque? Wouldn’t that be interesting.
It’s also worth noting the PowerBoost model will have a max towing capacity that exceeds 12,000 pounds, so the EV version should top that as well.
Though Ford has shared absolutely zero information about how the electric components will be packaged in the F-150 EV, it’s a pretty good bet it’ll be underneath the vehicle and rear passenger seats like the upcoming Mach E.
This is our educated guess based on the fact that Ford did say the F-150 EV will get a front truck (frunk) for “even more cargo-carrying versatility and security.”
F-150 EV as a power source
Similar to the F-150 PowerBoost, Ford has stated the F-150 EV will have the ability to be a mobile power generator, enabling customers to use their trucks as a power source while camping, working, tailgating or whatever.
For reference, the PowerBoost model has a standard output of 2.4 kW with an optional 7.2 kW output. Access to power comes through in-cabin outlets as well as up to four cargo bed-mounted 120-volt, 20-amp outlets, with a 240-volt, 30-amp outlet on the 7.2-kW version.
Built Ford tough. Srsly
During the reveal, Jim Farely, chief operating officer and incoming CEO for Ford Motor Co., drove home the point that the all-electric F-150 means business, backed by millions of miles of testing in labs and on the proving grounds.
“While other all electric pickup trucks are competing for lifestyle customers, the all-electric F-150 is designed and engineered for hard-working customers that need a truck to do a job.” Farley said. “This isn’t a truck for never nevers, who never tow, never haul and never go off road. This truck has been tested and tortured to be built Ford tough like you wouldn’t believe.”
He also pointed out that just because the truck is electric, it doesn’t mean it will be expensive. In fact, he said Ford has targeted the “total cost of ownership” to be more than 40% less than a similar gas-engine truck over the entire life of the vehicle. Less maintenance means increased vehicle uptime, which means a lot for people who actually use their trucks for, well, work.
“Simply put this is no gimmick,” Farley concluded. “It is a work horse. It’s not a show horse destined to a shiny garage filled with four luxury cars. It’s for serious truck owners.”
Made in Michigan
Another big thing Ford announced today is the F-150 EV will be built in Michigan. More specifically, it will be built at the Ford Rouge Complex, which is in Dearborn. Furthermore, Ford is building a new Rogue Electric Vehicle Center, which will add 300 jobs to the area.
This is part of a $700 million investment in building the entire next-gen F-150 lineup, and the new jobs will focus on battery assembly as well as PowerBoost and EV assembly.
The bottom line on the all-electric F-150
Other than the fact it’s coming mid-2022, we don’t know much about the F-150 EV. We know it’ll be more powerful than the PowerBoost – but we don’t have specs on that vehicle yet, so anything we posit is just a guess.
Pricing, driving range and the exact drop date are all TBD.
But as Ford has done with the Mach E, we can likely expect a couple different battery packs with different ranges and capabilities, and based on the prototype video, we expect it won’t look drastically different than the 2021 F-150.
But other than that, we’ve got nothin’ – so stay tuned for more info, hopefully coming soon.