Published: Tue, July 23, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Electric Ford F-150 prototype shown towing a freight train

Electric Ford F-150 prototype shown towing a freight train

Ford's latest promotional video highlights one of the many advantages of battery electric vehicles - loads of instantly available torque.

The nation's top-selling Ford F-150 pickup has been added to a class-action lawsuit that claims Ford Motor Co. misrepresented fuel economy test data.

The video showed Linda Zhang, Ford F-150's chief engineer, demonstrating the truck's capability by having it tow 10 double-decker rail cars.

Ford did just that with Linda Zhang, chief engineer for the F-150, at the steering wheel of an F-150 electric prototype.

Then in January, the company confirmed that it will build the electric F-150. In total, the loaded train cars weighed 1.25 million pounds.

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In April, Ford announced a $500 million investment in rival electric truckmaker Rivian, but it says that investment is part of a separate program to use Rivian's technology rather than its hardware.

If our audience is an indication of what is to come from electric pickup trucks, Ford is absolutely right to have more than an eye on this future market segment.

Before getting any similar ideas of your own, the fine print notes that the prototype is towing far beyond any production truck's published capacity and that you should never tow beyond a vehicle's towing capacity.

Ford is working on an electric F-150 pickup that will be going on sale in a couple of years, but its powertrain isn't the only thing that makes it special. The company concludes its look at the stunt by specifically stating: "The all-electric Ford F-150 is coming".

For instance, Tesla in 2018 demonstrated the towing prowess of the Model X by towing a Boeing 787 and set a world record in the process.

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