Ford’s F Series Will Never Stop Burning Engines

Ford’s F Series Will Never Stop Burning Engines


While Ford is moving forward on its path to electrification, as we saw in February, for example, internal combustion engines (ICE) are still part of its long-term plans. The company assured workers at Unifor Local 200 (the labor union that represents workers at Ford’s engine plants in Windsor, Canada) that it sees ICE engines produced at its facilities as a key product to be produced by 2040.

Ford’s US vice president of manufacturing, John Savona, and his vice president of labor affairs, Kevin Legel, recently met with union representatives in Canada. According to Local 200 president John D’Agnolo, the automaker is still a long way from your side when it comes to pickup trucks.

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D’Agnolo admitted he was a little nervous before the meeting. The company will begin production of the Ford F-150 electric pickup this month as its annual production run is already over. “They don’t see until 2040 before they come out of the fire,” a union representative said. “I have now reviewed their plans for the next three years and they are solid in both areas (Essex Engine, Annex Engine) [fábricas de motores a combustão Ford no Canadá]. I was very happy about that.”

One of the factories, Essex Engine, currently makes the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 used in the Ford Mustang and the 7.3-liter Godzilla V8, which powers the Ford F-250 and F-350. “Right now, the engines of these trucks are the bread and butter and they won’t make any changes when it comes down to it,” D’Agnolo said.

The representative cited a local government deadline of 2035 for all light cars and trucks to be electric, but heavier models are not included in the ban. While the 5.0-liter engine may be gone, the 7.3-liter and the upcoming 6.8-liter V8 will continue unabated. D’Agnolo says he doesn’t think the changes will complete the “transition from big trucks very quickly.”

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