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Blown Ranger: Turbocharged Ford mid-size truck could get plug-in hybrid

Blown Ranger: Turbocharged Ford mid-size truck could get plug-in hybrid
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Ford’s mid-size pickup truck could be on the receiving end of a huge power upgrade — and it could be courtesy of a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain.

According to an Australian outlet, Car Expert , suits speaking on behalf of Ford Europe confirmed the company’s commercial vehicle range – which includes the Ranger pickup truck in that market – will be “zero-emission capable” by 2024.

One of the most common ways to suss ZEV capability out of a vehicle it by utilizing a PHEV power team, which permits brief periods of driving on battery alone.

Without citing too many specifics, writers at the car site in Oz say the Ranger PHEV could belt out somewhere in the neighbourhood of 360 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged 2.3L gasoline engine working in tandem with an electric motor. It’s that torque figure that turns your author’s head, as it handily eclipses the current Ranger’s output and nearly equals the stoutest F-150 on sale today (also a hybrid, it must be said).

Now, it’s worth noting these details come from literally a world away, with the news being broken by a website Down Under. The spox being quoted is from Ford of Europe and, as anyone who’s been pining for a Ranger Raptor knows, the continent doesn’t always share its Blue Oval toys with gearheads across the pond.

Still, with OEMs constantly streamlining the number of platforms and powertrains in their corporate cupboards, chances are reasonable this powertrain will make it to our shores in some form

Car companies have announced – seemingly en masse – their intentions to become carbon-neutral or, in the case of General Motors, hold a goal of eliminating gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles within the next fifteen years. Also on the table is an initiative the Business Ambition Pledge, a global agreement working to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Ford, GM, a trio of German brands, and Volvo have jumped on board.
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