Electric vehicles are coming down the pipeline, that’s a given. There’s been a strong push for alternatives to internal combustion engine technology, and EVs are proving to be a fair competitor to a standard engine. But what about an EV truck? Rivan, Workhorse and others are chasing the idea down, and even Tesla is rumored to be working on a pickup truck. And Ford has a message for all of them: “Hope you’ll bring your best.” Ford rightfully is very proud of their F-series line of trucks, and they are not about to let even one EV pickup go by without knowing that Dearborn has a challenger just waiting to take on any upstart that thinks they’ll own the crowns that the F-series has gained.
What you’re seeing is a pure publicity stunt. If the battery on this prototype was able to provide enough juice through both of the train drags, we’ll be stunned. But, there are two takeaways from this video. One is that Ford has no trouble laying everything it has on the table, pointing down, and looking to everyone else who is making claims for a response. The other is that under the current SAE J2807 standard of towing, we have to wonder how long the range of an EV F-150 can last if it’s towing something more realistic behind it. Over a million pounds of railroad equipment is one thing…but what about a car trailer with a Fox body on it? If you’re willing to give a realistic range for a reasonable load attached to the back of a truck…say, 300 miles or more…that could be a serious contender in the world of trucks.