Yeah, my brother recently purchased an F350 for the 21,000 lb tow capacity and the badass-ness. It's beautiful 👇The irony is that he works for an electric car company.
Ford Motor Co. confirmed plans to build a fully electric F-Series pickup, which industry observers called an unexpected move that protects the truck franchise against Tesla and other competitors.
Electrifying their trucks is the only logical thing to do. Ford is almost completely out of the car business, and most of their R&D budget goes to truck development. Everyone I know with their big trucks hates the fuel economy. I have to imagine that the economics of truck electrification make more sense than electrification of sedans or SUVs for a few reasons:
- There's a lot more room to save on fuel costs. If you reduce an F350's fuel costs from $3k/year for diesel to $1k/year for electric, that's huge. SUV drivers getting ~35 MPG are only going to save a few hundred a year by going electric because the gas bill is already pretty low.
- Most truck buyers opt for 4x4, and the components required are heavy, expensive and require maintenance. Electric motors at each wheel replace the transmission, diffs, transfer case, lockers, CVs, etc.
- Electric motors offer a great torque curve. People buy trucks for torque to tow, and expensive diesel engines offer much more torque than gasoline engines of similar size. It's $10k to upgrade the Ford Superduty trucks from the standard gasoline to diesel engine because the emissions tech required by law is insanely complex.I've been looking at trucks for a while now.
I'd love a compact electric truck for my adventures, but sadly I don't think I'll see one in my price before my Subaru dies.