Two years ago Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) announced plans to begin selling an all-electric version of the company’s bestselling and most successful vehicles that is the F-150 pickup truck.
It is apparent now that by next year the company will commence the selling of the hybrid version after it released a video on Tuesday showing the remarkable hauling capacity of the electric F-150 truck.
All-electric F-150 truck can haul 1.25 million pounds
The all-electric version of the truck is expected to have a towing capacity of up to 1.25 million pounds and in the video the truck is seen to be hauling around 10 double decker rail cars in more than 1,000 feet. The idea comes as a surprise considering F-150 has been the nation’s iconic workhorse that is highly regarded and many wonder what the all-electric F-150 will be like. The company has indicated that it will come in a hybrid version as well as one that doesn’t rely on fossil fuel.
The demo is a stunt that is supposed to show the public that electric vehicles can equally be “Built Tough.” The company has however noted that the hauling stunt was just a short term demo whose feat is beyond any truck’s production capacity. The demonstration seems to appear like Ford is showing other electric car makers such as Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) its capability and mastery in truck manufacturing.
Ford is optimistic about the all-electric F-150 that will be launched around the same time as the all-electric Mustang-inspired crossover. Ford plans to spend around $11.5 billion by 2022 in producing a couple of electric models including hybrids and EVs.
Ford collaborating with Volkswagen Most recently the company announced that it will collaborate with Volkswagen (OTCMKTS: VWAGY) on autonomous and electric vehicles. Volkswagen is spending $2.6 billion the company’s autonomous vehicle efforts and through the collaboration Ford will easily access Volkswagen’s EV MEB platform that it will use in designing and building of a high-volume EV in Europe as from 2023.