Ford and other pickup truck manufacturers are not new to towing stunts. Said stunts are usually a means of proving the respective truck’s best-in-class towing figures, but not this time. In a new video from Ford, the company’s own electric F-150 prototype tows over one-million pounds of freight train.
Borrowing the narrative from Chevrolet’s “Real People” commercials, Ford invited a few F-150 owners out to witness this stunt. Once on-site, F-150 Chief Engineer Linda Zhang reveals the fact the F-150 in question is a battery-electric prototype.
Zhang goes on to explain that said electric truck is going to town 10 freight trains, which weight a total of one-million pounds. After successfully completing that stunt, 42 F-150’s are loaded onto the freight trains and then the electric F-150 tows the heavier load.
Of course, Ford did not detail the battery-electric powertrain housed within this prototype. Instead, this marketing stunt is likely Ford’s attempt at getting F-150 buyers acclimated with the idea of having an electrified F-150, of which there’s both a hybrid and pure electric variant coming sometime in the future.