Op/Ed: Should There Be a Ford Super Duty Hybrid?

Should Ford build and sell a Super Duty Hybrid? If so, what will power such a truck? Could it simply use the new F-150 Hybrid system? It’s not that simple.

The new 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid is gaining popularity and critical acclaim. The F-150 combines a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with an electric motor and a modular 10-speed automatic transmission. Many residents of Texas and other states (who lost power to their homes during a recent winter storm) are using their F-150 trucks to power some of their appliances.

The F-150 Hybrid V6 produces 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque. For comparison, the new Super Duty 7.3L Godzilla V8 is rated at 430 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. The PowerBoost V6 produces the same power and way more torque. The V6 Hybrid can also deliver good fuel economy. The F-150 4×4 is rated at 24 MPG combined.

However, it would not be that simple to put this F-150 power plant and transmission in the Super Duty. The Super Duty has a different frame and a unique heavy duty 10-speed automatic transmission. While it may not be a direct swap, Ford could potentially use the same principles and add a slightly more powerful electric motor into the heavy duty transmission. They could also give the Super Duty Hybrid a slightly larger battery pack. The F-150 Hybrid uses a 1.5 kWh battery. The heavier Super Duty could use a battery with a larger capacity.

If you are wondering if the 2022 Super Duty will have an updated interior or other new tech, we do not have any official information about any 2022 model year changes yet. When we do, we will publish it right here at TFLtruck.com.

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