Administrator

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Dec 22, 2019
Messages
198
Reaction score
201
Location
Purple State
Vehicles
F-150
Occupation
Admin
Electric Ford F-150 powered by gasoline? Patent shows how it’s possible

October 3, 2020

Ford’s upcoming electric F-150 may get some of its power from an unlikely source: Gasoline.

GENERATOR-1.jpg



The Drive has discovered a patent filed by Ford that describes a generator that can be installed in the bed of an electric pickup to provide extended range capability for when the main battery runs out of charge.


GENERATOR-2.jpg



The package slides into the front of the bed like the utility chests commonly used in pickups and would allow an owner to temporarily turn their truck into a plug-in hybrid, like a Chevrolet Volt or BMW i3 REx.


Details on the powertrain contained in it aren’t mentioned, but a diagram of the device shows it to contain an engine, fuel tank, exhaust system and control electronics.

GENERATOR-3.jpg



Ford hasn’t commented on the patent, but automakers often seek protection for ideas that aren’t necessarily destined for production.



boost.jpg



However, the upcoming Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid does have a different kind of generator built-in. It can run off of the truck’s battery pack, or in concert with its turbocharged V6, to provide on-site electrical power in lieu of a separate portable generator.
 

SBrentnall

Well-known member
Joined
Aug 12, 2020
Messages
52
Reaction score
24
Location
Los Angeles
Website
www.daxiadigital.com
Vehicles
Acura MDX
Occupation
Digital Marketing
Interesting your spin on that. If there's no ICE then it does not count as a PHEV.
Perhaps I misread the original post. I thought you were saying that the range extender contains "an engine, fuel tank, exhaust system and control electronics" which an EV doesn't have.

Or are you saying that this is a completely separate device from the truck itself, with the truck being a full EV with good range?
 

F150Writer

Active member
First Name
Jimmy
Joined
Mar 6, 2020
Messages
35
Reaction score
7
Location
Cincinnati, Ohio
Vehicles
2018 Raptor
Occupation
Writer
Perhaps I misread the original post. I thought you were saying that the range extender contains "an engine, fuel tank, exhaust system and control electronics" which an EV doesn't have.

Or are you saying that this is a completely separate device from the truck itself, with the truck being a full EV with good range?
From what I wrote about and read as well it's a total EV system and the generator is just some kind of power supplement.
 

currybob

Well-known member
First Name
Bob
Joined
Aug 6, 2020
Messages
214
Reaction score
171
Location
Alexandria Alabama
Vehicles
2018 King Ranch F150; 2020 Lexus RX350; 2016 Dodge Challanger Hellcat
Occupation
Retired Physicist from federal government; Army Veteran
Maybe this will help, main parts below, full article in the link
https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/a32970167/f-150-generator-pro-power-onboard/


Ford only expects about 10 percent of new F-150s will be hybrids, so it was important to offer Pro Power with the conventional drivetrains. That, Sultana says, was much more complicated. The standard 12-volt electrical architecture couldn't provide what they needed, so Sultana and her team designed a whole new 24-volt electrical system, using two conventional 12-volt batteries in addition to the standard battery.

In addition to those batteries, Pro Power-equipped non-hybrid F-150s get a second alternator. Thus equipped, F-150s with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, or 5.0-liter V-8 can power a full tailgating setup with a TV, speakers, and a mini fridge. The generator system is completely separated from the rest of the vehicle's electrical system, adding a layer of safety and ensuring that any Pro Power system problems will not impact the drivability of the truck.


Pro Power is smart. The system can be enabled or monitored through the FordPass smartphone app or via the truck's infotainment system. If you try to pull too much power, the system disables itself and sends you a notification. And on hybrid models, Pro Power will automatically turn on the gasoline engine as needed to ensure consistent power flow without draining the battery. (On non-hybrid F-150s, the engine has to be running for Pro Power to work.)

Surprisingly, the generator system even works while the truck is moving, so you can power your fridge on the way to the tailgate or keep your power tools charged as you drive between job sites. Ford won't comment on how Pro Power use affects fuel economy, but we suspect that keeping power-thirsty items plugged in while driving will lead to a measurable drop in MPG.

When the new F-150 arrives, Pro Power will be available on all grades of F-150—optional on conventional models and standard on all hybrids. Ford expects 17 percent of F-150s will be sold with Pro Power when the redesigned pickup goes on sale this fall.
 

Advertisement




 



Advertisement
Top