Ford F-Series Trucks To Get Plug-In Hybrid Technology

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Ford F-Series Trucks To Get Plug-In Hybrid Technology

Plug-in technology aren’t just the darling of shoe-shaped hybrids anymore. Ford’s F-Series heavy-duty trucks are getting the chance to ride the lightning, and it could mean sweeping changes in the commercial truck segment. Don’t look for this on the popular F-150 yet, however. Think bigger. The commercial F-550 Super Duty will get the first plug-in technology from supplier Azure Dynamics, which is targeting a 2013 release date. The F-450 and F-350 Super Duties will be next.

“As interest in alternative energy products continues to grow, consumers are looking for more powertrain options that are both environmentally friendly and fit their driving needs,” said Rob Stevens, a Ford engineer. “The flexibility of our vehicle platforms and chassis allows Ford to develop our own alternative fuel products or work with partners, like Azure Dynamics, to deliver consumers with the power of choice when purchasing a greener, more fuel efficient vehicle.”

Previously, Azure worked with Ford to electrify the Transit Connect and Econoline. A commercial plug-in F-Series would target a market of 100,000 vehicles per year, and the conversion will be aimed at larger commercial fleets that will eventually trickle down to regional sales. Currently, the F-550 is available with a compressed natural-gas variant, as well as the usual array of diesel and gasoline engines.

  • Chip Daigle

    Maybe they can use the Battery to keep the engine going when the truck is not moving or when the truck is unloaded and going less than 5 mph. But a truck that cannot pull is worthless and will not be tolerated by Americans. Obama will find himself in the Unemployment line if he tries to force this down our throats.

  • Kevin Morris

    This would be a huge step forward. My F-350 diesel is very powerful but sucks fuel when towing. This technology will increase fuel economy and reduce emissions, and if it can still haul the load then it’s very big indeed! I’ll be watching this closely.

  • Bryan Greenholtz

    If you think that the electric hybrid will have no pull, all you need to do is look at trains. Trains are all electric drive. All the diesel engine does is turn a generator. Electric motors are known for their stump pulling torque. Alot of forklifts are electric, and a forklift that will lift 8,000#, weighs in at around 15,000#. That is 23,000#, and you can lift more, that is just it’s total “safe” lift capacity. I have lifted around 7,500 with a 6,000 truck.

  • Hunter Joans

    i don’t think so many people should get so defensive about Diesel/Electric, they work very well together & can haul just as big of a load as a straight diesel (sometimes more), you want proof of the load towing abilities of a diesel/electric? then look up “Liebherr T 282B”

    i just hope Ford keep on the route of “Built Ford Tough” and not follow the priuses road to a BS hippie convention!

  • Jacob

    I don’t see why everyone is so opposed to this idea. It is going to be a plug-in HYBRID, therefore if it needs to pull a load or haul stuff, it can still use the gas or diesel engine. however, more often than not, i see huge F-350’s driving around town completely empty and wasting enormous amounts of gas when they could do the same job in a ford focus.

  • Kevin

    People are opposed because they do not understand nor research before they type. That is the thing about the internet, they will say whatever and not care.