The larger community of truck lovers and those who are curious trucks are still talking Ford’s new small pickup, Maverick from 2022. That’s $ 20,000 and gets 40 miles per gallon, and it’s remarkable to be the first pickup to be sold with a standard hybrid drivetrain. It is interesting! At the same time, it’s a pretty clear machine, without many really weird surprises. There is a rather strange oddity in the technical design and I find it remarkable because it is shared with one of my favorite cars of all time: the old Volkswagen Beetle.
I didn’t notice this until a reader named Joshua emailed me for clarification and included a photo of Ford on Maverick’s bare drive for reference. Here’s the part he wanted me to notice:
Yes, this is a 12V battery and it is not close to the normal, expected location in the engine compartment. Oh, and the flat one in front of it is the larger hybrid liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery.
In the case of the 2.5-liter Maverick hybrid drive, this battery is clogged low and at the rear, in a place very close to where the old Beetles had batteries.
Here’s a VW Beetle air-cooled chassis for reference:
I contacted Mike Levin, Ford’s important publicist, to find out how this battery was accessed and where exactly it was. Did you have to get to him under the bed in any way or what?
It turns out that it is accessible under the back seat, in the storage area under the seat. In fact, I think you can see the battery box of this press release:
That’s a lot exactly where it is in an old beetle: just below the back seat, on the passenger side of the car (well, in the LHD markets). One thing Ford did well that VW probably should have thought a little more is enclosing the battery in its own small box.
VW had a small plastic fuse for the positive battery terminal, which you really shouldn’t lose because it prevented the rear seat springs from connecting the battery terminals and becoming nice and hot, possibly igniting in the strange plasticized straw / horsehair / whatever. yes the old VW seats were filled with.
So, yes, the box around the battery is smart.
Other cars have had batteries in the trunks or elsewhere before, of course, usually for weight distribution reasons, but the remarkable similarity of the location of the battery in two vehicles, other than a brand new hybrid pickup and an economical car designed in 1938, makes me a little happy.
I can imagine that at least some Maverick buyers with the Beetles in the past may have experienced some physics. already seen if they ever have to jump on the side of their car, the battery cables come out of the door and connect under that rear seat.