We’ve known for some time now that Ford was working on a hybrid powertrain for its all-new 2021 F-150. Most assumed that the 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid would be some sort of standalone model, but that most certainly isn’t the case. In fact, at the 14th generation pickup’s live unveiling, The Blue Oval revealed that its all-new 3.5L PowerBoost full hybrid V6 powertrain is available on every single trim level the truck is offered in.
That means that everyone, no matter whether they’re buying an XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, or Limited, can opt for the new range-topping 2021 F-150 drivetrain. And the PowerBoost setup won’t just offer the most horsepower and torque of any F-150 offering – Ford has also promised that it will deliver the most horsepower and torque of any light-duty full-size pickup, period.
For right now, at least, the 2021 F-150 is also the only light-duty truck on the market to even offer a full hybrid drivetrain. The new setup consists of Ford’s familiar 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, coupled with a 35 kilowatt (47 horsepower) electric motor that’s integrated into the transmission.
According to Ford, the electric motor works in unison with the gas-powered engine to provide instant electric torque. The electric motor also applies regenerative braking energy capture to help recharge the 1.5 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. While exact power figures have yet to be announced, Ford is promising that 2021 F-150 models equipped with PowerBoost will deliver a targeted EPA estimated range of around 700 miles and at least 12,000 pounds of available maximum towing.
In addition to these impressive numbers, PowerBoost-equipped trucks also come with software that’s specially calibrated for truck use. Ford has even included special drive modes including tow/haul mode, which is designed to make towing heavy trailers much easier for truck owners.
The entire system is also capable of sustained battery usage at extreme outside temperatures or under heavy loads, which are problems that many EV owners are quite familiar with. Even better, Ford placed the battery underneath the truck in a way that it doesn’t take away one inch of passenger or cargo space, unlike a lot of other hybrid vehicles on the market.
2021 F-150 models equipped with PowerBoost also receive the maximum benefit from Ford’s new onboard generator, which is called Pro Power Onboard. PowerBoost-equipped F-150s come standard with 2.4 kilowatts of output or an optional 7.2 kilowatts of output, compared to a standard 2.0 kilowatt output on optional gas engines. Power is accessible through in-cabin outlets and up to four cargo bed-mounted 120 volt 20 amp outlets, with a 240 volt 30 amp outlet on the 7.2 kilowatt