Prior to launching the 2011 Ford Super Duty®, Ford tested the trucks in extreme real-world conditions. Select customers put them to work immediately in the humid swamps of Florida, in the subzero wintry conditions of Wyoming and in the dusty, dry areas of Texas construction sites and ranches. In fact, the unprecedented evaluation program is being extended with two of the extreme-duty commercial customers where pre-production Super Duty models will earn their keep for a full year in some of the toughest work environments around.
Joe Heatherly works for Florida Power & Light, and is one of the people who has been driving a 2011 Ford Super Duty on the job since before the truck went on sale earlier this year. For 20 years, Joe has worked at Florida Power & Light, which is responsible for underground and underwater cable locations in 35 counties. His work requires travel around State of Florida, and the Super Duty is often used to pull various trailers as well as a 25-foot boat.
Joe will be answering questions about his experience with the truck over the past year in the harsh and demanding environment that Florida Power & Light uses its fleet in. Join him at 12:30 p.m. EST here on Monday, October 4, 2010 for the live chat.
The 2011 Ford Super Duty evaluation trucks are all equipped with the new 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V-8 turbocharged diesel engine and the 6R140 heavy-duty TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission.
Ford engineers are using advanced telematics technology to retrieve daily performance data from each truck for further analysis. These data are being posted and continually updated online, allowing the public unprecedented access to the performance of the next generation of the best-selling truck in America for 33 years.