Ford F-Series Super Duty pickups will be getting a hybrid powertrain for the first time ever. In conjunction with Azure Dynamics, Ford will produce the F550 Super Duty with a hybrid powertrain beginning in early 2013 with version of the F350 and F450 following as well.
Azure in their press release said that the hybrid technology could be available on either both the gasoline or diesel powered versions.
“We are extremely pleased to expand our relationship with Ford and launch our PHEV technology on the F-Series Super Duty platform, which is the largest and most successful cab and chassis brand in North America,” said Scott Harrison, Azure’s CEO. “This is an ideal outcome for Azure and our customers.”
The Ford F-Series has been America’s most successful vehicle with having well over 50% in terms of market share and sales still going strong at 100,000 per year.
“As interest in alternative energy products continues to grow, consumers are looking for more powertrain options that are both environmentally friendly and fit their driving needs,” said Rob Stevens, Commercial Vehicle Chief Engineer, Ford Motor Company. “The flexibility of our vehicle platforms and chassis allows Ford to develop our own alternative fuel products or work with partners, like Azure Dynamics, to deliver consumers with the power of choice when purchasing a greener, more fuel efficient vehicle.”
– By: Chris Chin