Despite the amount of electric vehicle hype soaking today’s society, Ford’s upcoming electric F-150 pickup remains shrouded with mystery. What kind of power can customers expect? Range? Payload? Towing capacity? There’s few details of this looming creature, and even fewer details of General Motors’ EV pickup. What’s left is enthusiasm from the Glass House and come-down-to-earth predictions from auto analysts. Speaking to Reuters, Ford Chairman Bill Ford salivated at the thought of an engineless F-150, musing that the replacement of a bulky internal combustion engine and associated cooling system with a compact, low-mounted electric motor would free up cargo space under the hood. Like a bed box, but even better concealed. “This is going to be a real watershed for the whole industry,” he said of the product, expected to bow “not too far” after next year’s F-150 hybrid. As for the powertrain layout, Ford hinted at a front-end trunk with his comment, “You pick up all that extra space where the engine compartment has been.” Trucks are meant to be versatile, and wasted space doesn’t do a vehicle any marketing favors. Certainly, electric powertrains are known for instant torque — a plus for any hard-working truck owner — while the energy… Read full this story
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