$33,000 after rebate? Really? Ford sold nearly 800,000 F-series trucks in 2020. If they can convince truck-loving Americans that the electric 150 is really all that it appears to be, the market shift could rock the nation!
Ford unveiled an electric version of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck Wednesday. Based on the specs released so far, it looks as good as or superior to its traditional combustion-engine cousin in almost every way.
Living up to its name, the F-150 Lightning can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. It can tow up to 10,000 pounds. Its battery can be used as a backup power source, which could power a house for up to three days, according to Ford, or charge power tools on a work site. Its standard-range battery is expected to travel 230 miles per full charge, while the extended-range battery reaches 300 miles.
Our green-energy future is coming, whether politicians like it or not. The only question is whether we arrive at that future faster or slower. We can get there faster by building out more vehicle-charging stations, so consumers know they can recharge an EV as reliably as they could refill a gas tank. Or by subsidizing research and development in battery technology.
My quick and dirty math suggests that replacing half of all new F series sales with the new gas-free versions will prevent nearly 3.5 billion pounds of carbon dioxide create every year!