Ford confirmed an F-150 Hybrid was coming, and now we know for certain we’ll see an electrified pickup truck from the Blue Oval in 2020. The automaker confirmed the F-150 Hybrid and said the River Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan, would be responsible for production, Ford Authority reported.
The Dearborn Truck Plant already handles production of the current F-150 lineup at the 600-acre facility, which makes the announcement not much of a surprise. It’s unclear if the hybrid model will require more workers at the facility, which already employs 7,500 workers. It’s unclear what type of hybrid system Ford has planned, but it everything suggests it will be a full hybrid system and not a mild-hybrid unit, such as the Ram 1500 eTorque or Silverado e-Assist, which entered low-scale production for California only.
Thus far, Chevrolet has been quiet on the electrification front for its pickups. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra will introduce a 2.7-liter L3B turbocharged four-cylinder engine as its mass-market offering, but the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter mills remain as well. When the Silverado made its debut, the brand suggested the truck is rather future-proof and can fit a wide variety of powertrains, however, including an electrified powertrain.
Chevrolet first dabbled with a Silverado Hybrid in 2004, believe it or not. The truck featured a 42-volt battery system to restart the engine as the brake pedal was released, while three additional 12-volt batteries provided extra power in the rear. Since then, GM has swung more in favor of the internal-combustion engine for its pickups. The new trucks will also gain a new 3.0-liter inline-six Duramax diesel engine to match Ford and Ram better.
While we haven’t heard much an a Silverado or Sierra hybrid, GM CEO Mary Barra did share the fact the automaker has given a “tiny bit” of thought to building a fully electric pickup truck. Such a vehicle is likely years away, should it ever receive the OK.