The larger neighborhood of truck-lovers and those that are truck-curious are nonetheless speaking about Ford’s new smallish pickup, the 2022 Maverick. It’s $20,000 and will get 40 mpg, and is notable for being the primary pickup offered with a typical hybrid drivetrain. It’s attention-grabbing! On the similar time, it’s a sexy easy device, with out numerous if truth be told bizarre surprises. There may be one moderately atypical technical design quirk it has, and I to find it notable as it’s one shared with certainly one of my favourite automobiles of all time: the previous Volkswagen Beetle.
I didn’t realize this till a reader named Joshua emailed me to invite for rationalization, and integrated Ford’s image of the bare Maverick drivetrain for reference. Right here’s the phase he sought after me to note:
Sure, that’s the 12V battery, and it’s nowhere close to the standard, anticipated location, throughout the engine compartment. Oh, and the flat factor in entrance of it’s the better hybrid, liquid-cooled li-ion battery.
On the subject of the two.5-liter hybrid drivetrain Maverick, that battery is jammed low and within the again, in a place very just about the place previous Beetles had their batteries.
Glance, right here’s an air-cooled VW Beetle chassis, for reference:
I reached out to Mike Levine, the necessary Ford PR man, to learn how this battery used to be accessed, and precisely the place it used to be. Did it’s a must to get to it beneath the mattress, someway, or what?
Seems, it’s obtainable beneath the rear seat, within the under-seat garage house. In reality, I feel you’ll be able to see the battery field on this press symbol:
That’s just about precisely the place it’s in an previous Beetle: proper beneath the rear seat, at the passenger facet of the auto (smartly, in LHD markets). Something Ford did smartly that VW most definitely will have to have concept a little extra about is enclosing the battery in its personal little field.
VW had a little bit plastic guard for the sure battery terminal, which you in reality higher no longer lose as it avoided the rear seat springs from connecting the battery terminals in combination and getting great and sizzling, most likely beginning a fireplace within the bizarre plasticized straw/horsehair/no matter previous VW seats had been stuffed with.
So, yeah, a field across the battery is sensible.
Different automobiles have had their batteries in trunks or different places prior to, indisputably, most often for weight distribution causes, however the excessive similarity of the battery location in two automobiles as other as a brand-new hybrid pickup and an financial system automobile designed in 1938 simply pleases me, a little.
I will be able to consider that a minimum of some Maverick consumers with Beetles of their previous might enjoy a little of bodily deja vu in the event that they ever have to present somebody a soar, from the facet in their automobile, battery cables snaking out of the door, and connecting beneath that again seat.