Hybrid technology has been around the autosphere for several years, and it isn’t new to SUVs and trucks, either. But now that EVs and plug-in hybrid cars and crossovers are starting to hit the market, it’s only now that we’re beginning to see the latest technology used for more than extra grunt for trucks.
Enter the Quantum Technologies PHEV F-150, a plug-in hybridized version of Ford’s iconic bestseller. The Quantum PHEV F-150 starts life with Ford’s 3.7-liter V-6 and in regular or super-cab configurations. But it also features a 21 KWh lithium-ion battery and a 150 KW electric motor, which can power the truck for 35 miles in electric only mode, and a total operational range for more than 600 miles.
When it goes into production in June 2013, the PHEV F-150 will be made available to fleet companies, not consumers.
“The PHEV F-150 is an ideal solution for fleet managers who want to substantially lower their operating costs, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting corporate sustainability goals,” said Brian Olson, CEO of Quantum.
That’s too bad, for the meantime, since the PHEV F-150 is both CARB and EPA compliant, has an 85-mph top speed, a 3600-lb towing capacity, and a 5-year, 75,000-mile warranty. It also charges at home on either 110- or 220-volt outlets, and features an SAE compliant charging system. No word yet on its estimated MPG, but that 600-mile range on a single gas tank is mighty impressive.
Best of all, the PHEV F-150 could qualify for a number of federal, state and local incentives, including California’s HVIP program ($8,000 for the first two trucks and $6,000 per truck thereafter) and a federal tax rebate of $7,500.
Source: Quantum Technologies