Ford isn’t going to rely solely on EcoBoost, weight reduction for fuel economy improvements

Engineers at Ford are developing a hybridized version of the new aluminum-bodied F-150, conceded global product development chief Raj Nair to the Detroit Free Press.

While Ford still sees lightweighting and turbocharging as beneficial to fuel economy gains, a hybrid is expected to return even better efficiency but may not have the same performance as Ford’s EcoBoost offerings. Nair said it is “the right thing to do” to give people the option of reducing their carbon footprint even further.

It’s too early for Ford to divulge the configuration or availability of the new hybrid system, said Nair. However, hybridization isn’t the only thing on Ford’s table.

“If we see demand, we’ve got diesels in the portfolio. We’ll react.”

General Motors introduced their line of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks with hybrid systems back in 2004 with a mild hybrid setup. Later, in 2009, GM sold GMT900-based trucks with a two-mode hybrid system.

Since the redesign of the Silverado and Sierra for the 2014 model year, the hybrid system has not been available.

Ram is currently the only truck brand with a diesel in their light-duty lineup.

2015 F-150

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