Electrifying the Pickup Truck
Linda Zhang is the pioneering chief engineer behind Ford’s revolutionary new all-electric pickup truck—successfully making believers out of many truck-loving electric vehicle skeptics. For her pioneering leadership, she was named as one of USA TODAY's Women of the Year (2022) and featured on the front cover of TIME Magazine’s Climate Issue.
In this episode of the Create the Future podcast, we speak to Linda about the vehicle electrification journey, explore her beginnings in the Ford College Graduate program, and discuss how she applies her electrical and computer engineering degrees to her work. We touch her parental engineering inspirations, hear why aspiring engineers should consider working in the automotive industry, and learn why it’s important to “be happy”.
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[Linda joins us from ‘The Engineers: The Future of Cars’ event by the BBC World Service and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition 1851].