Ford is working hard to bring out a F150 – hybrid, might bring a diesel in the process
Oil prices are plummeting and so is the gasoline prices in the US, and it has dipped below $2 per gallon in certain states. Under this scenario, Ford is on the quest of making its trucks, particularly the aluminum body F-150 of 2015, to drink less fuel. So are several other car makers in the world involved in a similar mission. Well, it has now turned out that Ford is planning to bring out a hybrid Drivetrain for its most famous pickup and a diesel model too.
This was divulged when a wide range of subjects was discussed by people from Detroit Free Press and Ford representatives. The product development chief of Ford, Raj Nair, said to the press that Ford is hard at work to develop a hybrid Drivetrain and use it on the F-150. No more details were revealed by the production chief on the forthcoming hybrid, whether it will be a plug-in or partially gasoline powered.
When asked about the use of a diesel Drivetrain Nair said an oil burner would be a “tough go” with the oil prices plummeting and Ford is going to highlight the affordability and usability of the F-150 EcoBoost over the Ram EcoDiesel. The tiniest Ram lineup oil burner offers a highly impressive fuel economy figure of 28mpg for the highway, but it costs $2850 more than vehicles which are semi-powered, and they are also costlier to fill up. According to Nair, an F-150 hybrid with its fuel saving would recover the cost sooner than a diesel engine powered truck. The company will react to the customer demand for diesels
According to Nair, the lightweight aluminum-intensive F-150 is likely to offer better fuel mileage and in the process would save money for the owners. As far as the diesel, he says that the company will wait and watch for the demand and react accordingly.