According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. transportation sector is responsible for 28 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Amongst other factors, mindful emission control and elimination is goading the development of and demand for electric vehicles (EVs). A Bloomberg NEF report states that “EV sales are surging due to a combination of policy support, improvements in battery technology and cost, more charging infrastructure being built, and new compelling models from automakers”; and predicts that global EV sales will increase to 54 million in 2040—compared to 1.7 million in 2020, already up from 450,000 in 2015.
A recent article in The Guardian titled “Global Sales of Electric Cars Accelerate Fast in 2020 Despite Pandemic” shines a light on this dramatic jolt in electric vehicle sales. While overall car sales fell by a fifth during the pandemic, EV sales clocked an impressive 43 percent rise.
By any measure, EVs are here to stay and will likely have a large impact on the climate change landscape (hopefully for the better!). But a new development could speed the rate of EV adoption even further.
An Ever More Crowded Field
Tesla, one of the pioneers in the arena of EVs, understandably remains ahead of the pack. But at least 10 leading manufacturers have entered the EV field to compete with Tesla and are nipping at its heels, including BMW’s Mini Cooper SE and the Volkswagen ID.4. Add to that growing list legendary carmaker Bentley, long a luxury icon, which plans to manufacture only battery-powered vehicles by 2030. In addition, Ford’s European division is expected to soon begin phasing out vehicles powered by fossil fuels; while GM has announced its intentions to stop producing traditional gasoline-powered cars altogether by 2035.
Which bring us to:
Here Is Where the Game Changes
Ford is on the path to becoming the most notable revisionist in the field with its revolutionary all-electric F-150 Lightning. The gasoline-fueled F-150 has held the pole position as the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for several years; and it remains the most popular vehicle of all American makes and models! The muscle truck flexes with American pride over dirt roads and tight bends. If the F-150 Lightning is as successful as predicted, it will do more to make the internal combustion engine go the way of the dodo than all greenhouse gas regulations and restrictions put together.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow recently showcased the F-10 EV in a lengthy segment. The anchor owns a conventional F-10 and is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Lightning in Spring 2022. She views the new Ford as a testament to changing times. Maddow predicts: “Mass consumer adoption of a better product when the product is already outselling everything in its class by a mile for decades—that’s the kind of change that instantly renders everything else obsolete.”
You can watch key parts of that segment here:
The sound of revving engines and shifting gears may soon become a thing of the past. The Lightning delights with smooth handling in soundless serenity. The truck is available in two battery sizes—230- or 300-mile range. Fitted with the extended battery, the Lightning hands you the reins to 563 horsepower capable of reaching a majestic gallop of 60 mph in under 3 seconds. It also comes with an 80-amp home charging station: link it to an inverter, and you can power your home with your very own Lighting! For those who tend to live in regions threatened by ferocious winter storms and blackouts, this is a feature that will be warmly welcomed. It’s like having a mobile generator on wheels!
With a sticker price of $40K for the base model, the four-wheel-drive F-150 EV has an independent rear suspension, making for a more comfortable experience for drivers and passengers alike. With the traditional engine out of the way, there is ample storage space—enough for two golf sets and more—in the front trunk, or “frunk.” The spacious five-and-a-half-foot bed and the frunk both have electrical outlets and USB ports along the interior walls. Ford claims this mighty truck can tow up to 10,000 pounds. The tow package offers impressive features like factoring in wind dynamics when calculating range.
The EV Service Advantage
Put simply, most EVs do not require extensive (and expensive) ongoing service like traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. That is because:
- The battery, motor, and other electronics require little maintenance.
- The regenerative braking system significantly reduces wear and tear.
- There are fewer moving parts, unlike an internal combustion engine.
- They require fewer fluids, such as engine oil.
While EV maintenance is minimal, compared to an internal combustion engine, it does require attention to the following:
- Battery care
- Brake service
- Coolant service
- Brake fluid service
- Tire rotation
Which is not to say the electric F-150 will be totally repair- and maintenance-free. Even with all the automatic safety features one can imagine, accidents happen and will continue to happen—even to the Ford F-150 EV. But have no fear. Keri Coach technicians already have a wealth of experience in repairing and maintaining a range of EVs. They receive in-depth training as mandated for appropriate certification. And when Ford rolls out new engineering, Keri Coach technicians will be trained and equipped with the requisite tools, parts, and skills to restore all models of Ford EVs. From autobody repair of dents and dings to checking the onboard scale sensors that approximate payload on the Lightning, our competent team members will ensure your Lightning will never lose its thunder!
For a more instructive review of the F-150 EV’s features, check out this video: