• Oct 24th 2008 at 7:32PM
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Ford and PML Flightlink -- the same company that created the Volvo ReCharge concept -- will be showing off a plug-in hybrid electric F-150 pickup truck at the upcoming SEMA show in Las Vegas. Like the ReCharge, the F-150 will be a series hybrid, so the truck should be powered by the electric motors until the battery is close to being depleted. At that point, we assume a stock Ford V8 would recharge the trucks on-board battery pack. The motors themselves are pancake-style wheel-mounted units and use permanent magnet technology. Each wheel is powered by a separate motor, ridding the truck of its normal axles, driveshafts, transmission and transfer case. At this point, we're not sure what kind of range or performance figures the automaker is claiming for this concept, but we'd expect more details to filter out closer to the show's November 4th start-date.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Five leaf clovers of doom!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like this Auto blog. I was on the original AOL blog when I saw the link to this blog site. Great job on the layout. In other comments, I think hybrid and electric cars are going to seriously takeover, because the majority of Americans feel the oil and gas industry is a monopoly, but you didn't hear that from me.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure I was better at Photoshop when I was 17, years and years ago. Seriously, what is with the truck manufacturers and HORRIBLE photoshop jobs?
      • 6 Years Ago
      "ridding the truck of its normal axles"

      Isn't there a pumpkin in that rear axle under that truck?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The axle housing is part of the suspension system on the F-150. If they wanted to reduce weight without spending big money on major suspension modifications, they may have kept the housing and removed the shafts, gears, and other innards.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, that doesn't look like a photo of the exact truck, more like a rendering or more likely, a drawing. Probably just an oversight on the artist's behalf.

        Assuming the info provided for the story is accurate and it is all electric and has no ICE power to the wheels.

        So, yeah, you are technically correct. But, I wouldn't debunk the whole thing simply because of that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In wheel Motors??!!.///thats sooo MITSUBISHI!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      St. Patrick's day is coming early this year fellas. Check those clover rims.

      Other than that, I don't really know what to say.