The upcoming Ford F-150 hybrid does 430hp and a crazy 773Nm of torque

It is now the most powerful variant in the range
by Drei Laurel | Oct 7, 2020
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If you’re on the side of the fence that sees hybrid powertrains as nothing special, Ford would like to have a word with you.

The American car manufacturer recently dropped the specs for the upcoming hybrid version of the all-new F-150, and, well, its output is something to behold. Packing a next-generation 3.5-liter Powerboost hybrid powertrain capable of 430hp and a ridiculous 773Nm of torque, this clean, green towing machine is now the most powerful truck in the F-150 stable.

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Speaking of towing, this hybrid has a maximum towing capacity of 5,671kg and a max payload of 962kg. Those weights aren’t the top-notchers of in the lineup, though, as that honor belongs to the Ford F-150 packing a 5.0-liter V8 which can pull and carry 5,897kg and 1,508kg, respectively.

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By the look of it, though, Ford’s gone well out of its way ensure its hybrid is just as durable as its conventionally powered siblings. The truck’s 1.5kWh lithium-ion battery spent 82 full hours on a multi-axis hydraulic actuation machine being violently shaken to simulate tough road conditions. That time, the brand says, is “the equivalent of 10 years of mechanical torture.”

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When it came to testing, Ford didn’t stop with just a decade’s worth of being slapped around, either. Fully-loaded units were driven robotically hundreds of time over actual pothole-covered roads at the company’s Michigan proving grounds. All this is on top of actual off-roading at the Anza-Borrego Desert in Southern California, too.

You can check out footage of the all-new Ford F1-150 hybrid being abused below:

We’re rooting for this truck. Who knows? If it does well, maybe Ford will look into making a hybrid Ranger, too—not that something like that will make it here, because we don’t get nice things. So, do you think this truck is as tough as advertised?

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