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Future Ford Pickups Could Feature A Lift Assembly

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a lift assembly that could be used in future Ford pickups, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on February 17th, 2022, published on August 17th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0256885.

Ford Patent Pickup Lift Assembly

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has filed a bevy of patents in recent months that are solely related to the beds of pickups trucks, largely with an eye toward improving their cargo carrying capacity or the ease in which things can be transported in that particular area. That list includes filings for an extendable cargo bed side wall, a cargo bed module receiving system, an extendable rail assembly, integrated tailgate step attachments, and crossbars with lift assists, to name just a few. Now, this newly filed patent keeps that trend going with a new idea for a lift assembly that could be used in future Ford pickups.

Ford Patent Pickup Lift Assembly

As many truck owners are well aware, the act of lifting heavy or large objects up into the bed of that type of vehicle can be a difficult task at times, especially for people who have physical limitations. That’s precisely where this patent comes into play, as it presents us with a suitable way around that problem – implementing a lift system into the bed that can be raised or lowered on command, which would presumably make the act of loading and unloading cargo much easier.

Ford Patent Pickup Lift Assembly

Essentially, the tailgate would act as the base for this system, while a pair of actuators would be capable of raising and lowering it to the desired height. An example given in the patent pertains to loading heavy items from a long, flat cart, such as the ones we typically find at big box stores. The user could lower the tailgate down to a point where it’s even with the cart and cargo, eliminating the need to continually bend over to lift those objects – saving our backs in the process. It’s a good idea, and as such, might just be something that we’ll soon see in future Ford pickups.

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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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  1. Mark

    Has my vote!

  2. rapturd

    Beats multi function gate

  3. D

    More Weight on the tail of the trucks will just point those headlights more in the face off on coming traffic. Those four headlights are stupid! Fix this before adding to the problem. RECALL!!!

    1. Mackie

      Irrelevant, lamps would be pre-aimed at the plant with the ‘added weight’ tail gate in place. It’s only adding cargo or a trailer that would bias the aim up from factory, for which Ford has auto level (actuators) to correct for on many models (most Euro cars with HID or LED headlamps require auto level but they are optional in the US)

    2. Jeremiah

      Yeah, I’m sure the engineers thought about that already, especially since the trucks have auto-leveling lights these days.

  4. Rob Milliard

    Speaking as someone with multiple back injuries this would give me back more independence.

  5. Mike Atkinson

    It would be awesome , just don’t make it big and bulky and ugly, make it so the tailgate looks the same

  6. Jeremiah

    While I do realize that this is a factory option, there are already a few companies out there that make and install lift gates on pick up trucks.
    I wonder how heavy this tailgate will be in order to handle extra and constant weight. I know that the after market units are a bit heavy, but most are plate steel amd designed to take that abuse.


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