Your truck may be tough, but it will never be towing-10-rail-cars-with-42-trucks-loaded-on-them tough.
An all-electric Ford F-150 was filmed doing just that. Released by Ford, the video shows the F-150 EV prototype pulling 10 double-decker rail cars loaded with 42 2019 Ford F-150 trucks and weighing over 1 million pounds and measuring 1,000 feet.
The video showed current and older-model F-150 (including a beautiful sixth-generation) owners witnessing the feat. Obviously, that’s not coincidence.
It’s no longer a secret that Ford is planning an electric Ford F-150. We’ve already seen prototypes being tested around Michigan and Ford’s plan is add them to a lineup that will also include a hybrid version.
The challenge for Ford will be to convince current truck buyers and owners who have been used to powerful V8 and diesel engines for a long time that electrification is a good thing. The push towards cleaner, more efficient powertrains in trucks has been ongoing for a while, but an all-electric engine may be a harder sell than, say, a turbocharged EcoBoost V6.
On the other hand, electric motors offer clear advantages for towing thanks to the instant torque delivered to the wheels, and commercial truck owners will like the lower maintenance costs. Rivian already showed that you can offer proper towing in an full-EV pickup with the R1T capable of towing 11,000 pounds. This electric Ford F-150 prototype demonstration simply took it one step further…