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Ford Patent Filed For Pickup Truck Bed To Cab Pass Through System

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a pickup truck bed to cab pass through system, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on December 3rd, 2020, published on June 9th, 2022, and assigned serial number 0177052.

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has filed a bevy of pickup truck-related patents in recent months, including one for a magnetic bed and another for a new take on the multifunction tailgate. Now, this new Ford patent continues that trend by conjuring up a design for a pickup truck bed to cab pass through system, which is something that the forthcoming 2024 Chevy Silverado EV will come equipped with. This Ford patent specifically mentions using the feature on an electrified unibody truck, however, which means that it’s likely intended for a future model – not the current-gen Ford F-150 Lightning.

In the patent drawings, we can see that the rear portion of the cab is hinged and lifts upward, giving owners unabated access to the bed and/or the cab. That panel consists of two separate panels, with the lower part hinging as the section is lifted up, which means that it can be used as a work surface. In fact, the patent drawings show the panel being used to hold a table saw, double as a bed covering/tent of sorts, and various other uses, much like a multi-function tailgate.

Ford CEO Jim Farley recently confirmed that The Blue Oval is working on a second all-electric pickup to complement the F-150 Lightning in the automaker’s lineup,  which could be an EV version of the Ford Ranger or something altogether different. Regardless, Farley also recently noted that the F-150 Lightning won’t be emulated, as Ford intends for its future EVs to be more than just electric versions of its existing ICE models, so perhaps that future EV pickup will employ a feature such as this.

We’ll have more on this and all Ford patents soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford trademark news, Ford business news, and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. David Dickinson

    I’ll restate what I said months ago. Ford should do this with the Maverick. The small bed would benefit greatly if you could fold down the rear seats and open up the back of the truck. You could slide in full sheets of plywood in that manner.

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    1. Don

      My thought as well. And the Maverick is already a unibody.

      Reply
  2. Kenny D

    Gosh, I wonder What this “OPTION” Is gonna Cost the unsuspecting Clientele???? Hope it don’t need any “CHIPS” to Operate???? Otherwise you will be Charged for the Option, and Billed Every Cycle/Operation of it??? And…… Charged a Yearly Fee to Continue the Usage of it!!! Thank’s JIMMY… You DA MAN Ain’t ya????

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  3. Chuck

    Yeah, that’s what I wanna do, fill my cab with sawdust from a miter saw that I have to climb into the bed of the truck to use!

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    1. Bayman71

      Clearly designed by someone who has never used one.

      Reply

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