Ford this week confirmed plans to introduce seven new hybrid or electric vehicles by 2020, one of which will be a hybrid version of its F-150 light-duty pickup. That same year the redesigned Ram 1500 will hit dealerships – leaving us to wonder if Ram might look to eventually introduce a competitor to Ford’s electrified truck.
Little is known about Ford’s F-150 hybrid, however a statement released by the automaker indicated it would pair one or more electric motors with an internal-combustion engine in order to “offer powerful towing and payload capacity and operate as a mobile generator.” It doesn’t sound like it will be able to travel under electric power alone, but will pair an electric motor to a standard reciprocating engine in order to provide more power and torque at lower engine speeds and aid in fuel economy returns.
Earlier this year we heard from a reliable source that the next-generation Ram 1500 would arrive with a variety of new powertrain options including a new hybrid version powered by the automaker’s 5.7-liter V8. FCA previously stated it would use the Pacifica Hybrid’s electric system, which consists of an electric motor and a 16 kWh lithium ion battery pack in order to save money, so we’re assuming a future Ram hybrid would use an identical system if it were to come along.
The Ford F-150 Hybrid is still a long way out, but when it does arrive, don’t be surprised if its alongside two competing pickups from FCA and General Motors.