Ford has high hopes for F-150 PowerBoost hybrid

What to know about Ford’s new F-150

FoxNews.com automotive editor Gary Gastelu shares the newest features on the Ford F-150 hybrid truck.

It’ll be a couple of more years before Ford launches the all-electric F-150, but an electrified F-150 will be in dealers soon.

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The 2021 F-150 PowerBoost is Ford’s first hybrid truck and the only full hybrid currently available in the full-size pickup class.

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General Motors offered a “2-Mode” full-hybrid system in the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra a decade ago, but it was an early effort at the tech that never really caught on with customers. The Ram 1500's eTorque engines sold today are mild hybrids with a small electric motor that helps improve the internal combustion engine's power and efficiency but doesn't drive the truck on its own.

The PowerBoost can do that over short distances and has an EPA combined fuel economy rating of 24 mpg in 4×4 trucks that’s best among the F-150’s five gasoline drivetrains, but it’s also the most powerful one at launch.

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Ford Truck Marketing Manager Todd Eckert calls this an “and solution” for customers, which is an oft-used term at the automaker to describe products that deliver the best of both worlds.

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“That's really where the genesis of the idea came from, watching our customers, both in commercial applications and retail applications struggle with portable generators that take up space. They’re noisy, they're loud and messy, heavy and they're targets for thieves as well,” Eckert said.

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There’s also an optional 7.2-kilowatt version for more robust applications and a 2.0-kilowatt version that’s available on some non-hybrid models. Ford has already announced that next year’s all-electric Transit commercial van will offer the feature, so you can pretty much guarantee the electric F-150 will have it, too.

“As more and more things move to electric and hybrid, we think the PowerBoost is absolutely the right addition to our lineup,” Eckert said.

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