These days, it’s not really all that uncommon for people to talk about cars that are all electric. They’re still not really all that popular and there aren’t even that many places to charge them unless you plan on doing it at home, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are slowly but surely gaining some ground. This is especially true among individuals that are younger and have been raised to be more conscientious about their impact on the environment, especially when it comes to vehicle emissions. That being said, you might be surprised to know that Ford is actually planning on releasing an F150 that is fully electric.
This is interesting because it’s not really all that easy to create a vehicle that runs completely on electricity that is capable of performing very well. They have a tendency to go slower and they can’t really go that many miles without you having to stop and recharge them. Those are the two major limitations and those are the reasons that more people aren’t driving them. However, Ford plans to change all of that when they release the all-electric F-150. It’s going to be a tall order that comes with more than its fair share of challenges but this time, Ford seems to be confident that they can pull it off.
Ford will have to successfully deal with all the existing problems when it comes to all electric vehicles and then it will have to solve problems for a few issues that will be unique to a full-size pickup truck. After all, these trucks are routinely used to tow and haul thousands upon thousands of pounds worth of equipment. So far, Ford says that their all electric F-150 will be able to do exactly that and they claim that you will scarcely even know there’s a difference between that vehicle and the more conventional gas powered truck. That being said, they haven’t given any exact details about how they plan on going about this in order to create such a vehicle. It definitely generates a lot of interest among people but it also generates a certain amount of doubt.
The sheer amount of battery power alone that will have to be incorporated into this project is staggering. Apparently, Ford would have to address the issue regarding creating enough power for towing and hauling by adding more batteries, not to mention incorporating the biggest batteries they can find. At the moment, that is the only technology that exists that allows electric vehicles to operate. The question is, where will these batteries be located and will it be possible to incorporate enough of them to meet the performance standards that customers have come to expect from the F-150 without making the vehicle so heavy that it affects drivability or its ability to tow and haul a large amount of weight? For now, all anybody can really do is speculate because Ford doesn’t have an actual example of the all-electric F-150 up and running and they’re not really keen on discussing specifications, either.
One of the few things that is known for sure is that Ford isn’t the only company planning on doing this. All electric pickup trucks are coming down the pike from Tesla and a few other such companies, although Ford is the only mainstream automaker that seems to be interested in such a project at this time. Why does this matter? If Ford wants they’re all electric F-150 to be successful, they will have to figure out what the performance specifications are from Tesla and anyone else that’s interested in entering this market and make sure they beat them. Otherwise, they may not have very much success when they release this truck.
At the moment, the plan is to release the truck sometime next year, with the truck being marketed as a 2021 model. This all electric vehicle comes with a complete redesign of the Ford truck that will affect both the electric model and the gas-powered model, so Ford is definitely making some big changes. Only time will tell if those changes payoff or if they end up shooting themselves in the foot, so to speak. For now, all customers can really do is speculate what this truck might look like and how it might perform. That being said, it’s important to be watching automotive shows that come up throughout the next year or so, as it would only stand to reason that Ford will eventually unveil this vehicle at such a show and it can’t take all that long for them to do so if they plan on releasing it as a 2021 model.