How Ford Torture Tests the New F-150 Hybrid

How Ford Torture Tests the New F-150 Hybrid

For the 2021 model year, the Ford F-150 is offered with an all-new PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6 that strives to provide an unprecedented combination of capability and fuel economy. But can this new hybrid powertrain withstand the strain of continuous hard work like other F-150 engines? Ford torture tests say yes.

“Just because it’s a hybrid doesn’t mean we treated PowerBoost with kid gloves,” said Craig Schmatz, chief engineer for the F-150. “To earn Built Ford Tough certification, PowerBoost went through the torture testing we put all of our powertrains through. No F-150 powertrain gets a pass, we have one standard for quality and durability.”

Some of the Ford torture tests included towing fully loaded trailers over desert mountain passes, off-road performance challenges in the Anza-Borrego desert, and grueling simulated tests at Ford’s proving ground in Romeo, Michigan. These include driving over rough terrain and salt-caked roads in high-humidity and subzero conditions.

Ford even created a brand-new torture test for the 2021 F-150 that involved violently shaking the truck for 82 hours to see how the 1.5-kWh lithium-ion battery would hold up. It passed with flying colors. So if you want a truck that meets stringent standards for quality, durability, and capability while also getting an EPA-estimated 700 miles of range, check out the 2021 Ford F-150 at Grande Ford in San Antonio, TX.

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