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Everything you need to know about the electric Ford pickup truck

While there are a ton of electric pickup trucks in the pipeline from a variety of different automotive startups, Ford’s electric F-150 pickup truck will be one of the first competitors from an established, mainstream automaker.

Is an electric Ford F-150 in your future? Here’s everything you need to know about it.

What is an electric Ford pickup truck?

The Ford F-150 EV will be a traditional 3-box design pickup truck with the gasoline engine replaced by an electric motor and instead of a fuel tank, it’ll have a lithium-ion battery pack.

When will the electric Ford pickup truck go on sale?

Ford says it’ll start production of the F-150 EV in mid-2022. We aren’t sure if that means it’ll be a 2022 model or a 2023 model, but that’s unlikely to matter in the grand scheme of things.

How much will the electric Ford pickup truck cost?

We aren’t sure yet on pricing for the electric Ford F-150, but it’ll likely cost a premium over the base 3.3-liter V6 gas engine or the 2.7-liter gasoline turbo EcoBoost engine.

The PowerBoost hybrid can add close to $5,000 to the cost of a base truck, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see a $7,000 to $10,000 price premium for the all-electric version.

Remember, though, the truck should be eligible for the entire $7,500 federal tax credit, and there’ll be tons of local incentives to buy.

Also, expect the price premium to be less on higher-spec vehicles.

Expect Ford to tout the lower operating costs of an electric truck in its sale pitch to potential buyers, especially those who might balk at the higher price of entry.

What will the range be of the electric Ford pickup?

The E-Transit electric van makes do with just a bit over 100 miles of range. The Mustang Mach-E gets up to 300 miles of range. Depending on the size of the battery pack Ford uses, range could vary.

Rivian, a rival electric truck maker, says its R1T pickup truck loses 50% of total range when towing, so we are assuming Ford will want to pack as much range as possible in, since trucks often tow.

We expect final EPA estimates to be somewhere in the 300 to 350 mile range, which would put it on par with the GMC Hummer EV.

How much will the electric Ford pickup truck tow?

The current PowerBoost hybrid truck is capable of towing over 12,000 pounds. The previously-mentioned Rivian has a SAE J2807 tow rating of 11,000 pounds.

Expect the F-150 EV to tow anywhere between 10,000 and 12,000 pounds when it goes on sale.

Will the electric Ford pickup truck drive itself?

Yes, in certain scenarios. Expect the Ford F-150 EV to have Active Drive Assist, which will work similar to Cadillac’s Super Cruise, to help with the highway duties.

It’s a completely hands-off system, when activated, because there are cameras and sensors that monitor whether or not the driver is paying attention.

None of these systems will allow the driver to not pay attention, take a nap, or play on TikTok. It will, however, reduce fatigue over long journeys and help keep the passengers safer.

Will the electric Ford pickup be able to do real work?

Yes. It’s a Ford pickup. It’ll go through the same testing procedures as all of the other pickup trucks it builds.

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Updated (10:52 am EST, 12/21/2020): Added F-150 BEV winter testing video to links.

Written by Chad Kirchner
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