This is the PHEV workhorse you need

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Friday 15 March 2019
 

While the likes of Ford, GMC and Tesla are scrambling to build electrified trucks, there’s a tuner that’s already well ahead of the curve. Instead of building light-duty pickups, Boston-based conversion company XL Fleet Electrification, has created a plug-in hybrid version of the larger Ford F-250 Super Duty to really get work done.

The hybrid Super Duty uses a 15kWh battery to assist the standard 6.2-litre V8 in power delivery while improving fuel consumption by around 50 per cent. What that number would be exactly is unclear, as Ford doesn’t provide consumption ratings for heavy-duty pickups. But from our experiences in these big rigs, it’s in the 20 something L/100km range.

Due to the size of the battery and the weight of the truck, there isn’t an EV mode but the hybrid system works by adding electric torque to assist and ease the load on the V8.

The battery can use either Level 1 (110-volt) or Level 2 (240V) charging for extra speedy juicing.

As a bonus, XL is a Ford eQVM outfitter, which means all of the original warranties will remain valid.

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