Ford F-Series to Get Plug-In Hybrid Technology

By Ford Social Member

When two industry leaders shake hands, you know the outcome of the agreement is going to be pretty spectacular. So, when Azure Dynamics – which develops and produces hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles – and Ford shook on it, the result was that Azure would integrate its proprietary plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology in the market-leading F-Series Super Duty® lineup.

This will start with the F-550 Super Duty cab and chassis, and is expected to be available in early 2013, although Azure will also perform hybrid powertrain conversions on other Super Duty platforms, including the F-350 and F-450, spanning all engine, frame length and regular production options and configurations. As you might imagine, the Super Duty has loads of loyal customers, many of whom are already pretty stoked about the performance benefits associated with the new PHEV option.

“As interest in alternative energy products continues to grow, consumers are looking for more powertrain options that are both environmentally friendly and fit their driving needs,” said Rob Stevens, Commercial Vehicle Chief Engineer for Ford Motor Company. “The flexibility of our vehicle platforms and chassis allows Ford to develop our own alternative fuel products or work with partners, like Azure Dynamics, to deliver consumers with the power of choice when purchasing a greener, more fuel efficient vehicle.”

With more than a 50 percent market share, the Ford F-Series Super Duty is the most established cab and chassis brand in the North American market. The commercial cab and chassis industry supports approximately 100,000 vehicles per year and is the preferred active work-truck for thousands of commercial fleets managing a broad range of logistical needs. The Super Duty offers several diesel and gasoline engine options and a variety of cab, bed and accessories options. Interest in fuel-efficient cab and chassis alternatives has never been greater due to rising and unpredictable fuel costs.
Tdot 08/14/2013
File under Rumors that Didn't Happen.
Andrew B 07/07/2013
It's a good idea but i don't think there is much of a market out there for it. most people don't associate power and torque with electric. there are some buyers out there tat will probably buy the truck but not me.
Dozer Blade 10/02/2011
i dion't see any future in this except to get the gov't off their backs about going green. if i ever hear a salesman touting how green the product is i will turn around and he will not see my money.
mike 10/02/2011
Sounds silly, unless they are eliminating the drive train and doing direct electric motor to wheel, and having the "engine" simply be a generator. Bonus- a generator wherever you go! Defiantly good for military and professional markets!
Joseph Chambers 09/29/2011
I'll Pass, give me the turbo diesel Ranger Ford is selling in Europe (euro truck). Its closer to the size of the Frontier or Tacoma has a crew cab and competes very well in the MPH market. I've never seen a station without diesel in my area I don't see why Ford will not bring it or at least offer the power train in an F-150 here in the states.
Michael Bashta 09/02/2011
They should do this to many more vehicles!
Derrick Bracy 08/23/2011
I believe this is a great business decision for Ford. Not necessarily because I like the idea of the technology but because it seems as of late corporations are jumping of the "Green" bandwagon trying to show how environmentally responsible they are and will present a large market for Ford. In addition to this I also agree that its good that Ford is doing forward thinking and being proactive in trying to bring new vehicle technologies to the forefront and appeal to the public. On the flip side I am a farmer who tends to prefer the status quo, and want things built heavy and durable. An example of this was the 7.3 L Powerstroke diesel. I know this is an unreasonable expectation with current government regulation to have a engine that smokes, but these were the greatest diesel engines ever put in a truck and they produced relatively impressive mpg numbers. With that being said I really hope Ford concentrates on creating a product for the heavy duty industry that truly is heavy duty and durable. My family has always owned Ford vehicles in particular trucks even after the 6.0L diesel disaster, but I'm afraid market share will shift to Dodge or Chevy if new technology isn't bullet proof.
Jack Shat 08/15/2011
Clean diesel and natural gas should have a lot more emphasis then plug in hybrids when it comes to trucks. These will remain bridge technologies for quite a while before the needed infrastructure upgrades and expansion take place for PHEV's to be viable for a more broad percentage of consumers. Over that period of time the efficiency in PHEV's will go up and the cost of manufacturing will eventually go down enough to make them a more viable choice for consumers.
Jay 08/11/2011
Just hope they turn Azure loose to show the power potential of a Plug-In Hybrid. It should beTORQUE CITY, supply at least 5kW of 120/240 VAC to run a jobsite or disaster response, and show impressive mpg gains to boot.
Thomas Artman 08/03/2011
Uh, Mark, where does the energy come from to perform the hydrolysis on-board the vehicle? Hydrolysis is very energy intensive. In fact, if you're using the hydrogen, or other fuel, to operate the vehicle while you are generating more hydrogen via electrolysis, then your dubious efficiencies of 20% and 60% will actually be more like -20%. You can't create energy out of nothing. There is always a net loss. Generating hydrogen using energy from the same fuel you drive the car with is a huge net loss. The onboard generator is a huge, huge mistake.

Jonathan E., I agree with you. In that respect, GM has been ahead of the curve - Ford needs hybrid F-150s, particularly since F-150s are the most common pickup in North America.
Joe Marciniak 08/01/2011
Natural gas, is better,Almost zero emmisions.
Jonathan Evans 07/28/2011
Hybrid is great, but would work better (more effect) if this was available on a small F-150 or Ranger (F-100?) - it's such a high volume vehicle. Hopefully you're saving that announcement for a rainy day, and hopefully you're working on the ability to do it yourself, in house.
MARK 07/28/2011
Hydrogen doesn't need an infrastructure, it can be produced on board your vehicle with an on demand hydrogen generator, via electrolysis. most vehicles see a 20% to 60% mileage improvement and lower emissions, more hp.
Rob Fruth 07/28/2011
Glad Ford is thinking ahead !
Jonathan Neal 07/28/2011
What about Propane? almost any gas engine can run on it if converted
edvard3 07/28/2011
People making comments about " No electric cars!" need to read up a bit more about how they work and how much energy they use. First of all, current plug-in vehicles use about the same amount of power as an ordinary household fridge. Last time I looked, millions upon millions of people buy fridges every year. Yet somehow there aren't brown outs or power grid issues. Secondly, its not like every single person is going to go out and buy a plug in car overnight. As of now plugin vehicles make up a tiny percentage of the overall national fleet. Hardly enough to impact the grid. This will be a slow process of adoption. Power companies aren't dumb. They're in business to make money, and if more power is required they will make changes to the grid- just as they've always done such as when American households expanded their use of power with the advent of radios, TV's, and central Air conditioning. Change is a good thing.
Mitch PreVatte 07/28/2011
Hydrogen is stupid and so is electric. There is no supporting infrastructure. Diesel and biofuels is where it's at.
Brian McDonald 07/28/2011
Whatever happened to the hydraulic hybrid? Batteries vs. Peanut Oil?
Kris Caswell 07/28/2011
Just make sure we still have other choices because the Electric Companies are just as bad as the Oil Companies when they know they have you "over a barrell". It's still sad that deisel costs us more than gas when it's supposed to be cheaper to produce!
Eric Fine 07/28/2011
The problem with hydrogen is fuel stations and we don't want thousands of hindenburgs tracling down the highways. They have to work out those two issues first. Otherwise ford would have went hydrogen forty years ago
ford fan 07/28/2011
Charles B. Wright im with you on that very dumb idea. no hybrids either. propane. E85 and E100 and what charles said. hydrogen. ect. no plug in cars so stuiped.
David Lee 07/28/2011
GM made that mistake,,,if you went to a hydrogen combustion V8 you would cut the horse power in half but your turbo technology would bring it back to stock,,,I say skip adding more parts like electric motors and generators in a complicated transmission plus batteries,,,hydrogen can be produced from water and when burned in a combustion engine it makes water again,,,with ford motor companies technology its possible to skip hybrids,,,and go to the next step in motors
Blake Spencer 07/28/2011
if u can get better mpg great....... just dont go out of ur way for it
Bill Hight 07/27/2011
The story of innovation is invention and forward thinking. Keep up the good work Ford.
James Andrew Weaver 07/27/2011
i agree i wish they would start making a lot more diesel engines and we would see way better fuel millage and plenty of power with the rite turbo and plc controls we would see cars that would ge amazing fuel econnomy!
Joe Marciniak 07/27/2011
I want the big gas guzzling v8 not a wimpy hybrid.
JoeBlow 07/27/2011
Absolute stupidity! I thought this article would be about the F-150. I can't recall the last time I've seen an F-550 on the road so why would Ford put this technology in such an obscure vehicle. The waste of money and resources is just rediculous. A turbo diesel V-6 in the F-150 makes a hell of a lot more sense. But apparently Ford has no sense.
john 07/27/2011
F-150 diesel
Mark Geer 07/27/2011
why not just bring the uk's diesel powertrain here to the united states
Brian Langston 07/27/2011
How about a diesel driven electric generator that will power an electric drivetrain like locomotives work? Then if you had one of these for a service truck you could use that power to power up a welder or other equipment. Mpg numbers would be awesome, and if power goes out at home start the truck!
Charles B. Wright 07/27/2011
No electric or "plug in" vehicles!!! Can you just see some hot evening when everyone has air conditioning on and then everyone comes home and plugs in their vehicle? We will need to double if not triple the size of our electrical infrastructure! They are already telling people "peak demand" everyone "cut back." Not if we all have electric cars! The answer is hydrogen made with power from solar and wind. Do NOT buy electric vehicles.
Victor Neves 07/27/2011
Turbo diesel F-150. I'll take one for sure to replace my 2000. Clean burning diesels are here from Germany, how about from Detroit.
Jonathan Neal 07/27/2011
Blah Hybrid? Put V10's in them
Jesse Davis 07/27/2011
Just more diesel in general, diesel ranger, diesel focus, diesel escape, diesel half ton. That's something that would put mpg up with VW and I know I'd buy one
Ricardo Batres 07/27/2011
I don't know about that. How about a turbo diesel in every f series
Tony Trejo 07/27/2011
what about diesel expedition
Dave Asselin 07/27/2011
a crossover with that front end would be awsome
Rob Gilbert 07/27/2011
That's useless
Frank Castellanos 07/27/2011
Well bye bye chevy
Jesse Davis 07/27/2011
Electric motors can put out torque, but sounds like a waste of time and money to me. Its one thing for a smart car to run off one cause they don't weigh anything. A truck though? That's a lot of weight and then you need to pull more weight. Sounds like the electricity bill will be more than fuel. Ford has always been good at not making junk, why start now. Leave it for toyota to waste the effort on, focus more on these great new motors and 6 speed auto trans. Make them more powerful and you guys will stay on top
E.j. McMuffin 07/27/2011
Hope it will sell compared to the Silverado Hybrid from a few years ago
Alex Newton 07/27/2011
Miles DeGrandi 07/27/2011
Well that sucks.
Alex Ibarra 07/27/2011
Lmao @ Noah that's so true haha no but I'm sure FORD will make a significant change mpg wise other wise they wouldn't go into it
Mike Dunn 07/27/2011
Way to go ford. I see you are just getting an early jump on the hybrid trucks before obama announces fridays EPA figures youll have to meet in the coming years.
Tim Edwards 07/27/2011
How about a hybrid-diesel in all size class trucks, and NOT requiring the diesel additive. The additive is a real turn-off. I'll stick to the 2010 and before Powerstroke diesels due to this latter issue.
Alex LaFontaine 07/27/2011
Can we get like 200 more horse out of the raptor so we don't have to send it in to hennessy?
Noah Arribas-Layton 07/27/2011
I hope it doesn't suck like the Chevy hybrid truck that got a whole 1 mpg better than the standard version
Dylan Reed 07/27/2011
ooo go ford:) id love to work fer u guys one day.. and help with the visual design of vehicles
Tyra Marsh 07/27/2011
My husband just bought his first new F150 what an awesome truck. I love it way more than his rangers. Go Ford
Cory Clark 07/27/2011
Why? Let the toy cars in Asia play with Batteries.
Hunter Stockman 07/27/2011
That's a shame
Dan Krumwiede 07/27/2011
How about a tuned up EcoBoost in the Raptor.
Muhammad Sameh 07/27/2011
go on ford ...u r America`s Finest