Ford Patents Hybridized V8, Could Offer Glimpse Into Future Product

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
ford patents hybridized v8 could offer glimpse into future product

Ford is currently on the road to electrification. Right now, the manufacturer is working on an electric crossover based on the Mustang and a new hybrid powertrain. But it hasn’t been particularly forthcoming when it comes to sharing its industry secrets with the public.

Fortunately, an application filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office could give us a glimpse into what Ford’s cooking up. While technically filed in July of 2018, the document was officially published just last week and quickly located by the patent-sniffing dogs from our sister site, AutoGuide, showcasing a “twin motor drive system” for hybrid vehicles. The accompanying diagram clearly shows the system mated to a V8, but the filing seems to suggest that the setup could operate with any engine that’s mounted longitudinally.

Unfortunately, the document is rather vague. The abstract indicates that (in one version of the system) the internal combustion engine would be responsible for driving the rear axle while an electric motor would be responsible for the front. But doesn’t go in to much detail beyond that.

From the USPTO:

Methods and systems are provided for a hybrid electric vehicle including a front-wheel drive system and a rear-wheel drive system. In one example, the rear-wheel drive system includes an internal combustion engine configured to drive rear wheels of the vehicle, and the front wheel drive system includes a first electric motor and a second electric motor mounted directly to opposing sides of the engine. The first electric motor is coupled to a first reduction gearbox to drive a first front wheel of the vehicle, and the second electric motor is coupled to a second reduction gearbox to drive a second front wheel of the vehicle.

That said, there’s no guarantee that this is the system Ford will be running with. And, even if it was, we don’t know where it will be going. While the company has confirmed an electrified F-Series, which could use a hybridized V8, there’s been no such claim made for the Mustang — just a lot of speculation and subtle hints from the automaker. However, with Fiat Chrysler continuing to drop knowledge that the Challenger and Charger will probably offer hybridized power for their next generation, it would make sense that The Blue Oval would try the same thing with the Mustang or perhaps the upcoming crossover it has inspired.

Every automaker seems to be thinking about how to better incorporate electricity and all-wheel drive into its product line these days. As a result, it isn’t a stretch to imagine this patent eventually materializing at Ford’s factories. Though, we would advise you not to get overly hung up on the number of cylinders until the manufacturer says otherwise.

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  • Ajla Ajla on Jan 27, 2019

    Ford already has the 319hp 3.3L conventional hybrid and a 450hp 3.0T PHEV setups going into their new CUVs. It would not surprise me to see either (or both) of those finding their way into the Mustang and/or F-Series in the next three years. A V8 hyrbid like this would likely replace the 5.0L across the board. On the plus side, this might mean more V8 vehicles options from Ford.

    • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Jan 27, 2019

      Yeah I expect that the F-150 Hybrid will be sporting that Explorer 3.3 hybrid power train, though possibly with a slightly different calibration and total HP/torque numbers. The 3.0T might come later but I suspect they will start with 3.3 and see how it goes.

  • PandaBear PandaBear on Jan 29, 2019

    Patents: congratulation, you now have another one that you can cross license with your competitor. Just because you patent it doesn't mean you have to build it or it is going to be cost effective. I had a patent too, and by the time the patent lawyer finished working on it, I couldn't recognize what I did. It is meant to be as ambiguous as possible so it cover as much scope as possible, and can be used to sue as many people as possible.

  • Syke The expected opening comments. Have had mine for two years now, the car has done exactly what I want out of it, and a little better. I'm quite happy with the car, haven't had to adjust my driving style or needs in the slightest, and . . . . oh, did a mention that I don't give a damn what today's price at the pump is?Probably going to go for a second one in the coming year, the wife's happy enough with mine that she's ready and willing to trade in the Nissan Kicks. Eventually, the not often used van will end up getting traded on a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, basically ensuring that we don't use gas for anything except the occasional long trip.And the motorcycles.
  • Bobbysirhan I've never found the Allegro appealing before, but a few years of EV rollouts make it seem downright desirable.
  • Scoutdude I know that dealership. Way back when my friend's grandfather was that Turner that owned the Chrysler Plymouth International dealer, in MacPherson. Of course the International was dropped when they didn't deem the Scout reason enough to keep the franchise. I moved from there in late 1978 so it is possible I saw this running around town way back when.
  • Lou_BC "Overpriced" is a misnomer. Arguably, if they are selling they are not overpriced. "Dealer mark-up above MSRP" is a mouthful but more accurate. Simple, don 't buy anything marked up. A computer will help you search the country. It's a PITA but doable.
  • Buickman GM sucks