Having been in the autobody repair business for over 35 years, Keri Coach Works has seen its fair share of Ford trucks, including F-150s. The first ever Ford truck, the Model TT, was unveiled over 100 years ago, in 1917. They have always been popular, and Ford has not stopped building them. Here is what that first Ford truck looked like:
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.
Can you imagine a greater contrast than that between vehicles from Ford Motors and those from Tesla, Inc.? With the dates of their respective foundings (1903 and 2003) separated by exactly 100 years, the two companies together in many respects encapsulate the full gamut of vehicle design and engineering evolution since the beginning of the automobile industry to the present day.