Nervous about towing with hybrid in 1st year of production

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I've been anxiously awaiting the new F150 with the hybrid engine, but I'm wondering if it's a good idea to buy the first hybrid Ford has ever put in a truck, when I'll be towing a horse trailer. With animals in the trailer, I don't want to risk problems with a new engine.

Anyone else worried? Or am I being overly concerned?
 
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One hopes that Ford development tested the begebbers out it to discover any shortcomings. Its a bold move to have the first true hybrid truck, so you'd expect Ford would not put their F-150 crown jewel, cash-cow (most popular vehicle sold in America) at risk of a major flub. But this is Ford.... :unsure:

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Although this is premature without the vehicles on the road and tested, I'm not too worried about it. The hybrid is buying you more torque a few more horses and some battery power for better mpg. It's not like it's a Prius.

Don't they have a hybrid in the Escape? Also, they've been working on the all electric F150 for 2021 release. Hybrid technology has been around for over a decade and has proven reliable. But if you're hesitant, stick with the diesel for torque.
 
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Although this is premature without the vehicles on the road and tested, I'm not too worried about it. The hybrid is buying you more torque a few more horses and some battery power for better mpg. It's not like it's a Prius.

Don't they have a hybrid in the Escape? Also, they've been working on the all electric F150 for 2021 release. Hybrid technology has been around for over a decade and has proven reliable. But if you're hesitant, stick with the diesel for torque.
It's not that hybrids in general are new, it's that a hybrid in a towing vehicle with this kind of weight attached is new. There aren't many (or maybe any) of those on the road at the moment, so there aren't any real-world examples for me to look at.
 

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I've been anxiously awaiting the new F150 with the hybrid engine, but I'm wondering if it's a good idea to buy the first hybrid Ford has ever put in a truck, when I'll be towing a horse trailer. With animals in the trailer, I don't want to risk problems with a new engine.

Anyone else worried? Or am I being overly concerned?
I wouldn't say I'm worried but you are right, proven hybrid tech being added to a new use.

The design Ford has come up with was pretty impressive to me, enough to get me to bite early.

I will however be adding an extended warranty with upgraded rental but I have been pretty much doing that because of all the electronics on them these days.

As LoneStar said, this is a very important vehicle for them and I would bet this one has been tested to hills and back. Also it is looking like this will be a very desirable option for these trucks. I think even Ford may be surprised at how many PowerBoost get ordered.

I also love more low end torque and hp so that alone gets my vote, then you add the generator and better MPGs, yeah, no brainier.
 

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I have to agree with @currybob, Ford is going to have these trucks pretty well shook down before they ever reach the lot. I would say that the push back on Job 1 is a result of that. They want to produce as many trucks/test as many trucks as they can before going to retail production. I don't know if you have read about GM's launch of the new Yukon and Tahoe, but they have been plagued with issues. I am not expecting Ford to release a truck that isn't ready for market.
 
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