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