Ford Motor Co. is ready to spend $700 million on a new plant to make electric F-150 pickup trucks. Maybe having an electric drivetrain for the 150, an iconic vehicle for the U.S., will finally tip the scales toward acceptance of EVs for American buyers. EVs generally mean more opportunities to supply plastics for battery systems, cables and connectors as well as lighter weight parts overall.
As our sister paper Automotive News writes, Ford plans for the electric 150s to be built adjacent to gasoline-powered trucks, which will mean they will go through the same paint and body shops.
But at the same time, the F-150 EV "would look 'distinct' from the gas-powered model," Ford executives said, although they did not provide specifics.
Maybe a clue as to how the automaker will make that happen can seen in the newest 150. As Sarah Kominek wrote for PN back in July, Ford engineers and designers have gotten comfortable with the idea of how they can use plastics and tooling to make the truck "span a variety of customers, expectations and price points."