Ford Confirms F-Series Hybrid Bound for Dearborn, Celebrates Rouge's 100th Birthday
Ford confirmed the assembly locale of its F-150 Hybrid this week, saying the electrified pickup would not stray from its aluminum-bodied brethren. The hybridized F-Series will, unsurprisingly, go into production at the Rouge’s Dearborn Truck Plant in 2020, with additional (non-hybrid) production handled by Ford’s Kansas City Assembly.
The automaker made the announcement as part of its 100th anniversary celebration of the River Rouge Complex. While that left the F-150 proclamation a little light on details, Ford previously said the model would probably not be a plug-in hybrid, but would boast outlets for electrically powered tools/devices — functioning as a mobile generator. However, the announcement itself focused primarily on celebrating the Rouge’s centennial.
“Just as the Rouge has been a harbinger of progress for a century, Ford is committed to ensuring our trucks continue to power the world in a sustainable way — whether they are powered by EcoBoost engines, hybrid powertrains, or are fully electric,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company.
Ford also said it will launch a volunteer program with Friends of the Rouge, a local NGO that cleans up and preserves the Rouge River. Paid volunteers will work with the group to clean up litter, clear vegetation, and participate in hikes to learn more about area’s history, according to the automaker.
The F-150 Hybrid’s launch is likely to coincide with that of the fully electric performance crossover with a potentially inappropriate name and a hybridized Mustang, all of which are slated for a 2020 launch. There are also some loose rumors that the company will bring in a second electrified police vehicle to complement its Police Responder Hybrid Sedan that year. All told, Ford is investing $4.5 billion over the next five years to produce 13 hybrid or fully electric vehicles.
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