Ford shocks with electric F-150 statement | Automotive Industry News

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Ford has talked about making a hybrid version in the past, but this is the first mention of a pure-electric F-Series; driven only by electric motors and powered exclusively by batteries, the truck would be a zero-emissions vehicle. With the existing model due to be replaced in 2022 or 2023, Ford may instead wait for the arrival of the next generation F-150 before launching an EV.

Ford's president of global markets has confirmed the Blue Oval brand will offer both "battery electric" and "hybrid" versions of its popular F-Series bakkie range.

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The news is Ford's latest effort in the electric vehicle market. Even if it is Tesla or Rivian or Bollinger, Ford is coming and they'll be tough competition regardless of the ability of the competition.

The confirmation of an electrified Ford F-Series follows the announcement of an alliance between Ford and Volkswagen to build and develop midsize pickup trucks and commercial vans. This week, the USA automaker announced a partnership with Volkswagen to develop electric and self-driving vehicles. Startup Rivian Automotive, founded by MIT graduates and based near Detroit, announced plans for an all-electric pickup in November. "Those will be standard", Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted then, saying it's the "next level" in pickup trucks. Ford would not confirm at that time, however, that an electric F-series truck was actually planned. "They've clobbered just about everybody", he said. "Ford has got to react to competitive threats".

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