The electric F-150’s frunk started with a cardboard model

The term “frunk” is becoming increasingly popular as more electric cars hit the road. A much-mocked amalgamation of the words “front” and “trunk,” the word simply refers to the compartment where the engine is located in most traditional combustion cars—a space that has now become the key to unlocking more storage space in some modern automobiles.

When Ford greenlit an all-electric version of its F-150 pickup truck, it knew that its engineers could use this nook to add additional storage without sacrificing existing cabin or bed space. And to give form to its vision, Ford used one of the most rudimentary tools in the industry: a cardboard box.

[Related: The Ford F-150 Lightning is an electric vehicle for truck lovers]

Towards the beginning of Ford’s…

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