When Ford introduced the new F-150 earlier this year, the Blue Oval also announced that America’s most popular pickup truck will be available with hybrid and pure-electric variants for the very first time. No doubt this caused some people to question whether the hybrid and EV F-150 will be as capable and tough as the standard ICE models.
To prove that they are, Ford has put both the F-150 Hybrid and EV through some extreme testing. Earlier this year, they showed the F-150 EV pulling a fully loaded train car. Now, it’s the hybrid’s turn to take a beating in the deserts of North America and at Ford’s proving ground in Michigan.
From the photos and videos showed, the tests done to the F-150 Hybrid are very harsh. The electrified pickup has to take on deserts at high speeds and crawl through some of the toughest terrains in high heat and high elevation. At the same time, its towing capability was put to the test too, pulling 12,700 pounds (about 5,760 kg) while climbing and descending the Davis Dam. The truck went through more beating at the Blue Oval proving ground driving through potholes continuously.
To make sure that the electrified powertrain could take a beating, Ford built a custom rig for the new PowerBoost motor. The rig violently shakes the powertrain including the 1.5-kWh lithium-ion battery, simulating conditions like hitting the harshest of potholes and washboard roads.
“Just because it’s a hybrid doesn’t mean we treated PowerBoost with kid gloves,” said Craig Schmatz, F-150 chief engineer. “To earn Built Ford Tough certification, PowerBoost went through the torture testing we put all of our powertrains through. No F-150 powertrain gets a pass, we have one standard for quality and durability.”
Are you still having doubts that the F-150 Hybrid won’t be as tough as the standard F-150? Just watch the video above. Maybe, that will change your mind. It features a 3.5-liter V6 paired with a 35-kW electric motor which produces a combined output of 430 HP and 773 Nm torque – the most torque in any F-150 ever.
The F-150 Hybrid is set to debut later this year or early 2021 with the F-150 EV to follow in 2022.