The Chevrolet and Ford rivalry dates back as far as one can remember, and it hasn’t slowed to this day. In typical one-upmanship, it seems Ford may be looking to reinvent the truck bed with its latest patent.
Ford Authority reports the blue oval has secured a patent for an electric, sliding bed platform for its upcoming F-150 Hybrid. The sliding bed could be useful for retrieving cargo and even be utilized as a work table.
The patent itself shows the electric bed platform operated by an electric motor, with power coming from the F-150 Hybrid’s powertrain. The bed would slide out at the push of a button, ceasing operation if any obstacles were to be detected in the process.
The possibility of an electric, sliding bed certainly falls in line with Ford’s previous comments surrounding the F-150 Hybrid. The automaker has stated the Hybrid will provide greater utility and performance, even allowing drivers to use the electric motors onboard as a generator to power tools and more.
On the GM front, its next-generation of pickups have recently been spied testing in California and Michigan. Not much is known surrounding the pickups, but extensive use of aluminum is all but a given. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra may make their debut next year for the 2019 model year.