Ford talks about what to expect from the hybrid version of the F-150 pickup 2021October 6, 2020
The brand’s press service has released a video showing the multiple testing phases of a hybrid version of the 2021 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck.
To make sure the new generation F-150 plug-in hybrid truck is as tough and functional as the regular version of the model, the Blue Oval showed no mercy when testing prototypes of the 2021 Ford F-150 powered by the PowerBoost electrified powertrain. … The greener version of the novini has gone through the same grueling tests as the traditional internal combustion workhorse, plus a new test designed specifically for the hybrid model.
A liquid-cooled 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery was placed on a special shaker that simulates driving on a bumpy road. Basically, the device is shaped like a table that shakes quickly without interruption for 82 hours straight. This grueling procedure is equivalent to 10 years of service.
Aside from the battery, which required a dedicated laboratory facility in Akron, New York, the rest of the truck was tested outdoors, as was the gasoline F-150.
Ford also conducted off-road tests to assess how the hybrid version would handle challenging terrain and high temperatures.
Particular attention was paid to the towing capabilities of the electrified F-150. The specs state that the maximum conventional towing capacity is 5,760 kg, which represents “the highest towing ever offered by a hybrid pickup.” Ford brought prototype pickup trucks to Davis Dam (USA) on a special slope that rises a meter with an average incline of six percent, while fully loaded trucks also had to withstand the intense heat.
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