Ford May Offer an F-150 Hybrid from Technology Collaboration with Toyota

The Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid may have competition from Ford and Toyota in a few years, if GM's full-size truck hybrid survives into a second generation. Ford and Toyota engineers are developing rear-drive hybrid technology that could lead to a future F-150 hybrid, among other possible vehicles.

“The nut we’re trying to crack is: how do we do an F-150 hybrid?” said Kevin Layden, Ford director-electrification programs and engineering, to WardsAuto. “We’re working with [Toyota] and developing plans.”

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The automakers expect the partnership to lower costs and reduce developmental time. Aside from figuring out how to make a hybrid powertrain that can handle the stresses of towing and hauling while still meeting fuel economy goals, achieving decent aerodynamics from a full-size truck is another obstacle.

Though Layden didn’t rule out the possibility of sharing a pickup or SUV platform, a project like that might depend on the success of the two vehicles that emerge from the automakers’ current collaboration. Soon, engineers from both companies will move to Ford’s new Advanced Electrification Center with advanced battery testing equipment on site. Layden believes that having Toyota and Ford engineers work together is proving beneficial.

General Motors currently offers a hybrid powertrain option on the Chevrolet Silverado 1500/GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon and Denali SUVs, using an electrically variable transmission (with two electric motors) and 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery mated to the 6.0-liter V-8 with cylinder deactivation. The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid is EPA-rated at 20/23 mpg city/highway in rear- or four-wheel-drive forms, higher than the Ford F-150’s most efficient performer – the rear-drive F-150 with the 3.7-liter V-6 rated at 17/23 mpg.

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Over a year ago they had decided that a shrieking hydraulic application was the way to do it, but they could always copy last decade's Chevy Silverado hybrid pickup or the GMC Sierra hybrid pickup or the Chevy Tahoe hybrid SUV or the GMC Yukon (and Denali) hybrid SUV , or the VW Touareg hybrid SUV or the Cadillac Escalade hybrid SUV or the Porsche Cayenne S hybrid SUV or their own Ford Escape hybrid SUV or C-MAX and Energi hybrid (and plug-in hybrid) crossover or the Lexus 450h SUV or the Toyota Highlander hybrid SUV, for that matter. This isn't rocket science any more, but is is long overdue. Make it a plug-in with stealth mode and PTO for added fleet love. Maybe make a Ford 1'50 plug-in hybrid version, with 1950 styling for extra retro cred? http://www.redhookcarclub.com/mediac/400_0/media/DIR_26/DIR_29821/1950~Ford~F1.jpg

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