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Ford confirms the F-150 Hybrid will be built at Dearborn

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has selected Dearborn as the place of manufacture for its 2020


hybrid. The truck’s eventual introduction was acknowledged by then-CEO Mark Fields

way back in 2015

, with

further information given in 2017

. Earlier there was a possibility the


could get built in Kansas City, where F-150s are also made. But it’s going to be Michigan for the hybrid.

As Automotive News says

, the Dearborn plant produces a new F-150 every 53 seconds. The Dearborn Truck Plant is part of Ford’s 100-year-old Rouge manufacturing complex, which currently employs 7,500 workers.

Together with the


, Ford also announced that a technical training center near the Rouge complex will receive $35 million worth of upgrades, which will expand the site by half to 120,000 square feet. The upgrades to the technical center are part of a 2015 contract with UAW.

Earlier this year, a Boston company called XL Hybrids announced it can offer

hybridization kits for the 2.7-liter Ecoboost and 3.3-liter base trucks

, which can be installed by fleet mechanics. XL

hybrid trucks

can be rear- or four-wheel-drive. But Ford’s factory-built, rear-drive F-150 is expected to use the 5.0-liter V8 engine instead, and it reportedly will share its hybrid technology with the


, which is also expected to receive a hybrid option in 2020. The F-150 hybrid system can also double as a mobile generator to operate power tools at remote job sites.

Chairman Bill Ford Jr. also hinted at other drivetrain options for the truck — including a fully electric version in the future: “It’s going to be a truck that takes you farther, without sacrificing power, and a truck that lets you do more when you get there, with electricity for everything, from your tools to your camping gear. […] Whether they’re gas,


or hybrid — or, when the time comes, fully electric — they will power the world in a sustainable way and remain built Ford tough.”

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