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One Special Features of F-150 Lightning The front trunk is called the Mega Power Frank, but Ford is already thinking about how to improve the rear of its next electric pickup.

Automaker has applied for a patent on an innovative design for a multifunctional rear hatch.

Filing describes the “pivotable cab back assembly” used in the unibody electric pickup, which was first discovered by the Ford Authority.

Ford is already working on the next-generation battery-powered F-Series to be built at its new factory in Tennessee, and expects the F-150 to be a more original design than the Lightning, with more internal combustion engine versions including a typical cab and bed built-in frame.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV features a midgate opening between the cabin and the bed.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV features a midgate opening between the cabin and the bed.
(Chevrolet)

The Chevrolet Silverado EV, launched next year, is a utility-built electric vehicle that combines its cab and beds and features a “midgate” that allows the rear wall of the cabin to be opened to the bed to allow longer storage. Across both.

Ford's next electric pickup will have a hatchback opening.

Ford’s next electric pickup will have a hatchback opening.
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Instead of folding, Ford’s door is glued to the top and center, allowing it to open in a variety of ways.

The hatch is glued in the middle and can be used as a bench.

The hatch is glued in the middle and can be used as a bench.
(Ford)

With only the lower half support, it creates an increased workspace with a pass-through and electrical outlet into the cabin. Explains how it can be used by showing the attached meter saw.

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Opening the hatch parallel to the ground creates a long roof and tents for the bed.

Opening the hatch parallel to the ground creates a long roof and tent for the bed.
(Ford)

It can also be opened by the upper hinges and set parallel to the floor, extending the ceiling and doubling the tent to the bed.

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Ford has not released any official information on the next electric F-Series and there is no guarantee that it will have this feature, but to compete with the Midgate of the Silverado EV, Ford is likely to offer something similar.