It appears Ford’s chief executive officer Mark Fields has recently confirmed the company’s plans concerning eco-conscious vehicles, with the strategy including a hybrid version of the F-Series pickup truck.
While interviewed by NPR, the executive acknowledged the automaker was working on a series of hybrid and electric cars, after committing $4-and-a-half billion in the segment. “We do have plans to have a rear-wheel drive hybrid truck but the end of the decade. So yes, we’re working on electrified F-series, and it’s really around a conventional hybrid,” said Fields on the matter. Little details is known up to this point, as the company is actually looking at putting the hybrid powertrain into the F-Series somewhere before the turn of the decade – gas prices are at record lows and sales of eco cars have gone down tremendously. We also saw Fields said the F-Series truck would be a conventional hybrid rather than a more expensive plug-in hybrid, with a rear-wheel drive layout – which is kind of a bummer since the hard working F Series trucks will definitely employ the all-wheel drive system.
Meanwhile, Fields said the automaker is looking to be part of the solution to the world pollution problem, looking to make advances in the field of environmental development even as the company and its products are growing. The main issue here would be the Chinese growth, which has been very rapid for the carmaker and the country is well known for being one of the world’s biggest polluters.