A few weeks after we reported about a possible electrified Ford F-series, Autoblog has now snapped a few shots of an F-150 plugged into a charging station, confirming that an all-electric version of the pickup is inbound.
A closer look at the spy shot suggests a few more details on the vehicle. For instance, the location of the plug on the pickup, as we assume might have been placed on the bumper to avoid too much attention. This could, however, change in the production model. Additionally, the body of the F-150 was spotted to be higher off the frame. This deep running board might indicate that the battery will be concealed under the body as in many EVs.
The F-150 seemed to be sitting higher off its frame indicating the battery will be concealed under the body as in many EVs.
Surprisingly, the test mule also had an exhaust pipe. Again, Ford could easily bolt in a dummy tailpipe to deceive the onlookers, but we don’t see why it would plug in a pickup at a charging station for no reason.
This news comes a few weeks after Ford President of global markets, Jim Farley confirmed that the company was planning to launch a fully electric F-series to counter future plans of Tesla as well as new entrants into the EV segment such as Rivian and Atlis.
The automaker sold more than a million F-150 trucks worldwide in 2018, but a new breed of electric trucks could have the potential to upset things. While Tesla has been quiet on plans for its own pickup, new entrants such as Rivian and Atlis have already dropped their nukes confirming staggering specs that are comparable in some cases better than what F-series truck currently provide.
Ford sold more than a million F-150s worldwide in 2018, but a new breed of electric trucks could have the potential to upset things.
For instance, the Atlis XT was unveiled with a promise of 2267kg of payload and 15,857kg of towing capacity. The truck will have 381mm of ground clearance and will be able to power tools on the worksite. Rivian already has a factory and could most likely hit the market with the R1T as early as next year.
Tesla can expect a series of attacks in the coming times with major automakers around the world stepping up their game in the electric vehicle segment. This news comes a few days after General Motors announced that its subsidiary Cadillac will lead its EV plans in the coming future.
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