Hybrid technology could lead to pickup trucks They produce more power, drink gasoline, and require less maintenance. But if you want a true hybrid truck made by an American automaker, you’ll have to choose between the Ford Maverick or the F-150 PowerBoost.
Does Ram or General Motors build a full hybrid pickup?
GM’s 2009 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra Hybrid was America’s first hybrid pickup truck of its kind, but it has since been discontinued. Ram offers an eTorque version of its 1500, but it is only classified as a mild hybrid.
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General Motors’ hybrid pickup trucks were the result of a joint project to develop a hybrid drivetrain that automakers could combine with large V8s or V6s in multiple full-size trucks and SUVs. The same project led to a hybrid Mercedes, a BMW, a Dodge Durango, and even the short-lived Chrysler Aspen hybrid.
The Silverado/Sierra hybrid featured a 6.0-liter V8, kept at its most efficient RPM by a four-speed mechanical transmission and two electric motors. It was originally targeted at fleet owners. When the joint project fell through, any chance of a second generation of this hybrid GM truck fell through with it.
Ram’s hybrid strategy is to combine the starter/alternator of its traditional internal combustion engines. This new motor/generator unit is capable of light regenerative braking, but is limited in that it is only connected to the front of the motor via a serpentine belt. Therefore, Ram’s eTorque is only classified as a mild hybrid.
The Ram eTorque system adds a couple of MPG during stop-start driving and comes on every Ram V6. It’s also optional on the Ram 1500’s 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine.
Does Ford make a hybrid pickup truck?
Ford currently leads the charge in hybrid pickups. The American automaker offers not one, but two separate hybrid pickup trucks: the compact 40 MPG Maverick and the mighty F-150 PowerBoost.
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Ford’s Maverick and F-150 hybrids are very different tools for very different jobs. The unibody Ford Maverick is only offered as a four-door. Buyers can choose between a hybrid FWD or non-hybrid AWD pickup.
The Maverick Hybrid’s gas engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter I4 that works in tandem with a 191-horsepower electric motor built into its transmission for 42 city/33 highway MPG. This incredible mileage, combined with the truck’s $20,000 MSRP, has made it so popular that Ford has had to close orders multiple times just to keep up with demand.
The PowerBoost hybrid, on the other hand, is one of the premium powertrains in the Ford F-150. Sandwiches a powerful electric motor between the turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and 10-speed automatic transmission to hit 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds, according to motor trend. The 4WD version of this full-size pickup gets 23 city/23 highway MPG. Opting for a 2WD gets you up to 25 MPG across the board.
One of the main differentiators of the F-150 PowerBoost is its power on board. The van offers 120 and 240 volt outlets in its bed. Your inverter is capable of producing 7.2 kW. That’s enough juice to run plug-in power tools and much more than full electric vehicles like the Rivian R1T offer.
Is the hybrid Toyota Tundra made in the United States?
The closest competitor to the Ford F-150 PowerBoost available in 2023 is the Toyota Tundra i-FORCE MAX hybrid. Toyota actually builds its full-size truck at its San Antonio, Texas, factory. This makes the Tundra one of the most “American-made” pickup trucks, even though this automaker is not based in Detroit.
Below, check out the used hybrid pickup trucks you can buy today, or check out a 14-month review of the Ford F-150 PowerBoost in the video below:
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