We’ve known for some time now that a new Ford F-150 EV and Ford Transit EV were going to become a reality in the U.S. In fact, it was roughly two years ago that a Ford F-150 EV prototype demonstrated its towing prowess by pulling a host of train cars. It also preliminarily announced the Transit EV last year. But what we didn’t know was when, exactly, either of these vehicles would actually go on sale. Now, Ford COO Jim Farley has set a loose date for both. That date is mid-2022.
Farley revealed the timeline at the Deutsche Bank 2020 Global Auto Industry Conference, where he also expressed confidence in Ford’s ability to compete with other EV makers. “With our knowledge and know-how, I like our chances against all comers as we go all-electric,” he said. The newly, more specific timeline updates what we previously knew, which was that the Transit EV would arrive sometime in 2022, and that the Ford F-150 EV was due in “the next couple years.”
Both vehicles will enter a growing market, with the F-150 EV set to battle the Tesla Cybertruck, Nikola Badger, Rivian R1T and GMC Hummer EV SUT..
Meanwhile, the Transit EV will be go up against, at the very least, a new commercial electric van from GM.
A previous patent filing shows that the F-150 EV will carry its batteries inside the frame, with electric motors placed at both the front and rear axles. The batteries would be protected by a metal plate and held in place by special crossmembers.
In the meantime, Ford has a host of new products due in the next several months, including the 2021 Ford F-150, Ford Bronco, Ford Bronco Sport, and Mustang Mach-E. The F-150 EV will utilize the same battery technology as the Mach-E, and both the F-150 Hybrid and EV will be built alongside their Ford F-150 counterparts at the Dearborn Truck Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant.
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