Yesterday, Ford CEO Mark Fields spent quite a bit of time dropping bombshells regarding the brand’s future product portfolio and electrification. One of the major highlights was a Ford Mustang hybrid, set to arrive for 2020. The other was for one of America’s most popular vehicles.
Ford Authority reports the Ford F-150 will gain a dedicated hybrid variant by the year 2020. The news comes as little surprise, as fuel economy average targets loom in the distance.
In General Motors’ corner, the Chevrolet Silverado currently gets by with regular V6 or V8 power, while California receives a low-production Silverado e-Assist.
The Silverado e-Assist features a mild hybrid system via the 2017 Chevrolet Volt, which pairs an electric motor, regenerative braking and stop-start technology to the truck’s 5.3-liter V8 engine. In all, the system allows for 13 percent increase in city fuel economy.
However, the e-Assist is only a mild hybrid system, far from what Ford likely envisions for a full-blown F-150 hybrid. With the next-generation of Chevrolet and GMC full-size trucks on the horizon, the ball is in GM’s corner to check Ford’s most recent move.
If a Chevrolet Silverado hybrid were to arrive, it wouldn’t be the first time it happened. In 2004, Chevrolet released a Silverado hybrid featuring a relatively simple hybrid system. It housed a 42 V battery system to restart the engine as the brake pedal was released, while three additional 12 V batteries provided extra power in the rear.
We truly believe it’s a matter of “when” GM will climb aboard the hybrid boat for its full-size pickups. But, for now, Ford has made its first move.