General Motors‘ crosstown rivals in Dearborn are already working on a fully electric Ford F-150 EV, with a prototype for the emissions-free pickup having been recently spotted in Michigan by our sister site, Ford Authority.
With the sighting of this prototype, it looks as though Ford is well-ahead of GM with regard to making an electric pickup. This is despite the fact that GM seems keen to introduce more electric vehicles and get the jump on Ford and Fiat Chrysler with regard to alternative energy cars, trucks and SUVs.
It’s obvious this Ford F-150 EV prototype is packing an electric powertrain thanks its higher ride height, which helps accommodate the battery pack seen hanging from the truck’s underbelly. A charge port can also be seen on the truck’s front bumper, though this is likely just a temporary location for testing purposes. Oh, and never mind that exhaust tip – Ford’s just trying to fool those of us who don’t know any better.
Another interesting part of this truck is the independent rear suspension setup. A report recently emerged indicating that certain versions of the next-gen F-150 may feature IRS, and it now seems the fully electric version may be among them. It’s believed that Ford is also planning a plug-in hybrid version the next-gen F-150, so it seems possible that the hybrid could get the IRS rear end as well.
While GM may not have an electric Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra in development just yet, the automaker does have a new EV in the pipeline. Little is know about it, but GM claims the vehicle will be based on the Chevrolet Bolt and will be built at its Orion Assembly plant in Michigan.
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Source: Ford Authority