Ford Patents New Electric Slid(ing Pickup Bed)

Tyler Wooley
by Tyler Wooley
ford patents new electric slid ing pickup bed

Because of Ford’s new patent, we may soon wonder how we ever got anything out of our truck beds.

Ford has filed for a patent for a “sliding platform” in the bed of pickup trucks. The platform will be powered by a drive assembly, labeled an electric machine, coupled to the engine and transmission, possibly from a hybrid F-150.

Ford has already announced that a hybrid F-150 is in the works for 2020, but hopefully we get to see this contraption sooner than that.

The tray will rest on two rails with rollers to extend and, uh… pull out a heavy load at any angle.

The platform could also be useful as a work table, and will be adequate in a variety of positions, thanks to a pin that can lock it in place.

It will also be equipped with a proximity sensor to prevent the embarrassing misfortune of extending at the wrong time, or if an object is in front of it.

The ease could make accessing equipment that much faster in an emergency situation, and as The Drive points out, emergency teams have been using technology like this since before Ford’s sliding platform conception.

[Image: Ford Motor Company]

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  • Zackman Zackman on Mar 15, 2017

    If Ford actually produces this, the Chevy guys will have a field day on a commercial dumping a ton of rocks into the bed from a front-end loader and see if it still works! "See? Their bed doesn't move and neither does ours!"

  • Djoelt1 Djoelt1 on Mar 15, 2017

    Have pickup trucks now become so tall that you can't reach over the side of the bed to get stuff anymore? How useless have these things become, such that something like this might be necessary? It's past time when the front clip of pickups should tilt forward like on the Viper so you don't need a stepladder to perform engine work.

    • Luke42 Luke42 on Mar 16, 2017

      Yes, they have. That's one of the reasons I didn't buy a full size truck to replace my Ranger when it was time to replace it. I really wanted another pickup truck, because I'm practical -- but my Ranger was a lousy kid hauler. An F-150 crew cab could have hauled the kids -- but there were enough usability problems (high bed, urban parkability) with F-150 that I gave up on trucks entirely and have been driving CUVs and minivans ever since. I miss the truck's capabilities now and then, but I'm glad I'm not paying for those capabilities with usability problems and poor fuel efficiency for 320 days a year.

  • 28-Cars-Later "Honda and Acura haven’t yet released an EV in the United States"Ok..."The 2024 ZDX rides on GM’s Ultium Platform and will feature Google built-in services. "Waht?
  • Theflyersfan I was just at the Mazda dealer getting one of the free scheduled maintenances taken care of and saw a couple of these on the lot (inventory...I know!!! No Mazda3s or MX-5s, but had some CX-5s and CX-50s). They are even nicer in person - the paint especially stands out. Plus the terracotta interior treatment isn't something done by Honda, Toyota, or Nissan so you can get something different. The slight price hike is worth it and it's worth it just to have something that isn't white, black, or a million shades of gray. Or get the Soul Red. You can never go wrong with that color. I just with the terracotta interior was offered with that.
  • VoGhost This new SLX looks to be quite a trooper.
  • Wolfwagen I would rather have an annual inspection that may catch something early or at least the driver can be informed of an impending issue. Government vs private is another issue and unscrupulous mechanics is another.On a slightly different topic is the inspection of salvage or rebuilt cars. In NYS it is strictly to ensure that stolen parts were not used to rebuild the vehicle. I would rather see an inspection to ensure that the vehicle has been properly put back together.
  • PeterPuck For years, Ford has simply reworked existing designs originating from Europe and Japanese manufacturers, not being capable of designing a decent car in the USA.What’s the last clean sheet design from the USA? The 1986 Taurus?And they still can’t manage to get things right.why is this? Are they putting all of the competent engineers and designers on the F150? Is woke diversification affecting them, as some rumours suggest? Are they rewarding incompetence?