While Ford has big plans to develop electric vehicles, those plans apparently don’t include a Super Duty pick-up truck.
Ford is currently working on an electric F-150 truck. It’s due to hit dealerships in 2022, and those plans remain on track. However, the automaker has ruled out extending battery power to its heavy-duty line of trucks. That includes the F250 XL, F350 XL, and F-450 XL models.
Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s President for the Americas and International Markets Group, said the Detroit automaker does not have plans “at the moment” to bring a totally electric Super Duty truck to market.
In recent weeks, Ford has unveiled many of its plans to tackle the changing automotive landscape. They will roll out more EVs over the coming decade. It’s a mandate coming specifically from new CEO Jim Farley.
During Ford’s recent third-quarter earnings call, Farley said they will not only roll out affordable EVs for private buyers, but also focus heavily on commercial vehicles. They will start with the new E-Transit, an electric version of Ford’s popular Transit commercial van. It is scheduled to debut later in November.
Ford’s Chief Financial Officer John Lawler added that they will be very strategic in which platforms they choose to serve dual purposes. The automaker believes, for example, it can achieve more scale of the F-150 pick-up truck. The market can handle both an internal-combustion engine and a battery-electric powertrain. In other cases, such as with the Mustang Mach-E, a purpose-built platform serves the EV crowd. The Mustang Mach-E will be Ford’s first fully electric-only vehicle. It’s set to launch by the end of this year.