Back in February of 2019, we saw the initial prototype of the Ford F-150 electric for the first time. However, that prototype was based on the previous, 13th generation F-150 and was just a powertrain mule. Now, Ford Authority has learned from sources familiar with Ford’s product plans that the Ford F-150 electric recently began testing in integrated prototype form, which means that the body, powertrain, and all other components of the forthcoming pickup are being tested together.
Most recently, Ford has released multiple videos showing the prior Ford F-150 electric prototype testing in all sorts of conditions. Over the last several months, we’ve also learned several key details about Ford’s first-ever all-electric F-150, including the fact that it will look very much like an F-150, save for a few key details, as well as the fact that it will utilize its own unique battery chemistry.
The Ford F-150 electric will bear some unique design details, including its front fenders, frunk, and various other sheetmetal components, as well as unique lighting, particularly in the front end, as we can see in Ford’s teaser of the pickup. It will also come with an interesting wheel design featuring large spokes with little space in between them, similar to what we’ve seen on certain Tesla models.
The F-150 EV will be built at the brand new Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, currently under construction in Michigan. However, the body and paintwork will still be completed alongside ICE-powered F-150 models at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant.
Ford says that the all-electric F-150 will be more powerful than any F-150 available today and deliver commercial and personal customers the lowest expected lifetime total cost of operation among Ford F-Series trucks.
Ford will also debut new technology on the electric F-150 that allows mobile power generation so customers can use their trucks as a power source for places ranging from campsites to jobsites when needed. This technology is similar to the Pro Power Onboard system available in the 2021 Ford F-150.
The all-electric F-150 will feature dual electric motors to deliver more horsepower and torque than any F-150 available today, the fastest acceleration, and the ability to tow heavy trailers. Additionally, electric vehicles, including the electric F-150, require significantly less maintenance than a typical gasoline engine, creating more than 40 percent savings for its lifetime total cost of operation.
Like most all-electric vehicles, the absence of an engine underhood creates a giant front trunk on the electric F-150, which adds even more cargo-carrying versatility and security to help protect and move valuable items. Finally, like the rest of the all-new F-150 lineup, the electric F-150 is capable of receiving over-the-air updates, so new features can be added continuously over time.
The Ford F-150 electric is scheduled to enter production in 2022, even though the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) recently ruled that Ford’s electric F-150 battery supplier – SK Innovation – misappropriated trade secrets against its rival, LG Chem. However, Ford can still obtain batteries from SK for four years, and the automaker has since confirmed that the electric F-150 remains on track for a 2022 debut.