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Ford F-150 ⚡ Lightning Pro electric work truck
« Reply #630 on: May 24, 2021, 12:57:30 pm »

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro electric work truck: 300-mile version will add $10,000
Bengt Halvorson BENGT HALVORSON MAY 24, 2021

Optioned with the extended-range battery that will allow a targeted EPA range of 300 miles, the F-150 Lightning will cost just $49,974 in its base Lightning Pro work-truck guise, Ford revealed Monday morning.

That’s exactly a $10,000 premium over the $39,974 base price announced for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning last week—a price that doesn’t include an additional destination fee, or a potential $7,500 EV tax credit and other incentives.

Ford hinted that many fleet and work customers might not opt for the big battery, though, as they typically don’t buy more than they need. According to more than 145 million miles of Ford’s telematics data, 95% of daily travel adds up to less than 174 miles.

“These customers are extremely pragmatic, and they aren’t going to over-index on product features and benefits when it isn’t necessary to get the job done,” summed Ted Cannis, Ford’s general manager of commercial business. Cannis noted a “no more, no less” approach to winning fleet customers, and called the Lightning Pro “a serious truck for serious truck owners.”

The actual energy capacity of the two battery packs hasn’t yet been disclosed. The packs will use new “Nickel 9” NCM cells from SK Innovation, sourced from an American joint venture between Ford and the battery supplier.

The company has positioned the Lightning in a way that it hopes commercial and work customers will find irresistible, with a big emphasis on low ownership costs. It’s offering a fleet planning tool to crunch the numbers, including purchase costs, incentives, energy costs, and a projected 40% reduction in maintenance costs over eight years and 100,000 miles.

As Ford detailed last week, the Lightning is built with the same military-grade aluminum alloy body as the gasoline versions of the F-150, however a different frame helps accommodate the battery packs. Ford has tested the Lightning and its cooling systems for towing, hauling, and off-roading at temperature extremes, and it has underbody protection for the battery and dual inboard motors—chosen in type and location for toughness. 🤠

The base version of the F-150 Lightning Pro makes 426 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, while the extended-range model makes 563 horsepower with the same torque rating. Payload ranges up to 2,000 pounds, and towing capability up to 10,000 pounds.

The F-150 Lightning comes only in a five-passenger SuperCrew layout, with a 5.5-foot bed length.

2022 Ford F-150 ⚡ Lightning Pro makes a great work truck—here's why

The Lightning’s frunk will hold 14.1 cubic feet and will carry 400 pounds, which Ford says adds up to eight bags of Quickrete. It’s water-tight and has a drain plug, as well as four 120-volt AC outlets and two USB ports. Altogether, the Pro Power Onboard power capability in the Lightning adds up to 9.6 kw, including two AC outlets in the cab and two in the bed.

F-150 Lightning Pro versions will come with easy-clean vinyl seats, and include Ford’s Sync 4 system with a 12.0-inch touch screen. A full-size spare  and Class IV trailer hitch  will be standard features, as will a set of driver-assist active-safety features.

Ford says that the Lightning will calculate its range based on terrain, weather, and even cargo and trailer load—using an onboard-scale system to monitor load. With a Power My Trip feature, the system can dynamically reroute the driver to the nearest charging station—part of the company’s FordPass app and network of 63,000 affiliated charge connectors.

Both through the touchscreen and via a remote Ford Telematics dashboard, operators will have access to remote preconditioning, remote locking and unlocking, vehicle health monitoring, as well as live tracking of vehicles, trip history, and energy usage, with a driver behavior and scorecard feature. The Pro, as with the other Lightning models, will get periodic over-the-air updates that could potentially improve vehicle performance.

On a 150-kw DC fast-charger, Ford says that the Lightning will get from 15% to 80% in 44 minutes for the standard-range battery or 41 minutes for the extended-range one.

Ford is assuming that work-truck operators won’t be fast-charging as much, but they’re providing multiple ways for a full overnight charge on 240 volts AC. With a 48-amp Ford Connected Charge wall unit, it estimates 10 hours with the standard-range battery or 13 hours for the extended-range one. With an 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and dual onboard chargers on the extended-range version, it can get to a full charge in just 8 hours.

The latter system permits an Intelligent Backup Power function for the home—with additional hardware, including an inverter—and future Intelligent Power functionality that will help limit smooth home or business power demands around peak times.

Ford last week has also revealed that the XLT, more oriented toward personal use, would start at $52,974 and the range would cost up to about $90,000. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning lineup will arrive in spring 2022 and be built in Michigan.

More 2022 Ford F-150 ⚡ Lightning Pro pictures at article link below: 🌞

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EV tax credit 💰 boost, Tesla Vision fail, Tesla and Texas: Today’s Car News

Bengt Halvorson BENGT HALVORSON MAY 28, 2021

Texas doesn’t budge for Tesla. Safety agencies and consumer groups warn about Tesla Vision in the Model 3 and Model Y. And will Americans be able to get up to $12,500 with a re-upped EV tax credit? This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

Legislation currently advancing in the Senate includes a provision to give the EV tax credit a big boost—lifting the sales ceiling that currently limits GM and Tesla, but adding provisions for U.S.-made and union-made, for a total of up to $12,500 per ⚡ vehicle 🤠. With a manufacturing credit, an expansion in eligibility to commercial vehicles, and a tech emphasis for the Rust Belt, it could be a meaningful piece of President Biden’s infrastructure push.

We’ve reported on Texas’ unwavering resistance to Tesla’s direct sales model since 2013, and if you expected the American electric automaker’s announcement of a mammoth assembly plant and battery factory in Texas to change that, you’re sadly wrong. With the Texas legislature not due to convene again until 2023 (Only meets in odd years, for 140 days!  :P), changing its state franchise laws doesn’t appear to have been a priority. That leaves Tesla with a convoluted process in what should be its showcase state—in which it needs to route cars and purchases through other states and deliveries through service centers.

And Tesla’s transition to its next-generation “Tesla Vision” system doesn't sound like it's being rolled out as intended. That's because it leaves owners without some of the key safety features that the carmaker still lists as included in their vehicles. That’s caused confusion for buyers and new owners and, this week, led U.S. safety agencies to rescind the Model 3’s safety accolades and Consumer Reports to caution on it. 

And over at The Car Connection: Although from an environmental standpoint 2020 brought good news—in fewer miles driven, as more Americans turned to telecommuting—pedestrian deaths increased at a record rate, with the largest annual increase on record, per vehicle mile traveled. :(


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Re: Electric Vehicles
« Reply #632 on: June 02, 2021, 04:42:42 pm »
June 1, 2021 By Jonny Tiernan

German ⚡ EV Brand Elaris Unveils New SUV Model

Beo Luxury SUV


Elaris, the electric car brand from Germany, has added a new model, the Beo SUV, to its range. The Beo SUV vehicle is manufactured by the Chinese company Skywell and is positioned as a luxury model, set to cost €49,900 ($61,000). In Germany, there are subsidies available that can bring the cost down to €41,300 ($50,500).

The previous vehicles from Elaris, the Finn and Leo models, are both based on vehicles from the Chinese manufacturer Dorcen. Both of these vehicles are at considerably lower price points than the Beo SUV. The Leo compact SUV is €28,330 ($35,000) after the environmental subsidies have been applied, and the Finn e-small vehicle is €9,390 ($11,500) after subsidies. ... ...

With initiatives such as this, electric vehicles are continually being made more affordable, while at the same time also catering to the more luxury end of the market. The EV space is becoming increasingly busy, and this can only be a good thing.

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Agelbert NOTE: The comments section got lively, so to speak.   
« Last Edit: June 02, 2021, 06:35:10 pm by AGelbert »
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Fiat 500 ⚡ EV 🌞

June 9, 2021

Fiat became the latest automaker to announce it will produce only electric vehicles  by 2030. CEO Olivier François noted the falling cost of batteries and said Fiat would bring to market electric cars that do not cost more than gas-powered vehicles. He said the company would start phasing out internal combustion engines by 2025, which he called a “radical change for Fiat.” The company also seeks to help improve access to EVs, charging infrastructure and air quality.

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