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Old 01-17-2019, 08:59 PM   #1
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Up Next, Electric!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money...ck/2602234002/

This is the first Iíve seen a major auto manufacturer talk about the electrification of an entire lineup, let alone something as popular as the f150.

We can stop arguing about gas and diesel, they will both be gone soon anyways!
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Old 01-17-2019, 10:36 PM   #2
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FYI an earlier thread [~500 posts] about Electric Tow Vehicles:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...le-169483.html
Search results: https://www.google.com/search?q=elec...=airforums.com

Tesla Model X: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...-x-160951.html

FYI and FWIW
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Well, GM has been talking about it and investing in a battery lab, production facilities, announced over 20 electric models by 2023, closed outdated ICE car plants, separated (predominately) old ICE/powertrain employees (I be one of those...separated/retired 3 weeks ago), is hiring EEs and code writers left and right, Has done extensive work on batteries and autonomous vehicles.......

Not sure where you are getting the "first to talk about it thing"??? Sure, maybe Ford is talking about a FSPU electrification, but I don't think it is smart to disclose your specific product development plans until very close to production. Tips off the competition as to what is going on with future produce and skunkworks development.
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Well, GM has been talking about it and investing in a battery lab, production facilities, announced over 20 electric models by 2023, closed outdated ICE car plants, separated (predominately) old ICE/powertrain employees (I be one of those...separated/retired 3 weeks ago), is hiring EEs and code writers left and right, Has done extensive work on batteries and autonomous vehicles.......

Not sure where you are getting the "first to talk about it thing"??? Sure, maybe Ford is talking about a FSPU electrification, but I don't think it is smart to disclose your specific product development plans until very close to production. Tips off the competition as to what is going on with future produce and skunkworks development.


Dear heavens.

Iíve seen some of the info regarding rivian and Tesla tow vehicles, however I missed anything about GM - my apologies.


I saw this article about the f150 and found it intriguing......so I posted it. I simply thought it was an interesting backdrop to all of the diesel vs gas fights we have. Nothing more, nothing less.

First to talk about it was me seeing a major manufacturer imply they were going to electrify a lineup of vehicles - to me meaning a majority if not all would be electric.

GM is way ahead of Ford, and Ford is rather unintelligent for saying anything about their plans.

Thanks for clearing things up.
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Dear heavens.

Iíve seen some of the info regarding rivian and Tesla tow vehicles, however I missed anything about GM - my apologies.


I saw this article about the f150 and found it intriguing......so I posted it. I simply thought it was an interesting backdrop to all of the diesel vs gas fights we have. Nothing more, nothing less.

First to talk about it was me seeing a major manufacturer imply they were going to electrify a lineup of vehicles - to me meaning a majority if not all would be electric.

GM is way ahead of Ford, and Ford is rather unintelligent for saying anything about their plans.

Thanks for clearing things up.

No worries. GM is playing it very close to the breast. Prior to my retirement, there was much direction, discussion, training and testing relative to the high cost of "loose lips". Revealing product plans, (not like I was privy to a lot of them) can cost a company hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars by tipping off the competition. Mary Barra has been especially good and strict about keeping the lid on things. I have my personal crystal ball relative to what is going on, but it just my experienced crystal ball.

Relative to trucks, There is (presently) a small market in exchange for a very high internal cost. Don't think there is a mass market....yet. I was a Fleet Account Exec-service (applied technology), so I am very well informed as to the fleet needs for such a truck.

Personally, and relative to this forum, I would not presently buy a BEV truck for my towing needs. My current truck is pretty much a dedicated towing vehicle, offset by a Chevy Volt for my local and regional home based travel. A BEV doesn't even work for that duty....yet, for me.

I also was a board member of the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition for many years, and now am a board member emeritus. That experience has given me a very broad view of all alternative fuels, all manufacturers and each of their benefits and drawbacks.

Electrification is well on its way, and I believe there is little to stop it...periodical political encouragement and discouragement has always been an alt fuel challenge relative to roll out and development....and mostly....infrastructure.
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Great recent comments, thanks Rich.

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We can stop arguing about gas and diesel, they will both be gone soon anyways!
Not in my lifetime.
Ask Musk how Tesla is doing.
I do think it's the future, just not the present.
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Not in my lifetime.
Ask Musk how Tesla is doing.
I do think it's the future, just not the present.
Most OEMs are working on, or producing, electric vehicles; Tesla is not representative of whatís going on in the industry. At the Detroit auto show I saw examples from Ford, GM, FCA, Toyota, and Hyundai/Kia to name a few. On my recent trip to Germany I saw a surprising number of BMW EVs as well as others on the road. It definitely is in the present as well as the future.

Iím looking forward to parking an EV SUV next to my diesel Ram in the garage.
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Great.
I assume California is working on building more power plants???

Meanwhile, I'm dipping my toe in the pond by researching EV scooters. I think they'd be perfect for RVing. Much lighter than a motorbike, and with removable batteries, you won't be ripped off and recharging will be easier.
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I take several 523 one way trips a year so far EV will not go that far.


I think it will be many years before enough charging stations or batteries the will allow full use of EV in the US different story in the EU
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We can stop arguing about gas and diesel, they will both be gone soon anyways!
This might be a really bad thing for mankind plus the environment. For the global elite left to get this kind of power and control over mankind or humanity. Those that buy the pitch of global collectivism don't comprehend who they are forfeiting & entrusting what to. I know non PC whacko bird here right? And we can't talk about it here. check.


The last 8 year admin here tried to destroy our coal industry (or move it to China etc) but fortunately was not successful. Not that I am against replacing it over time as other technologies and certainly not just electric are ready. Here in Ohio we still have plenty of (cleaned burn) coal fire plants along the river that boarders much of the state to keep the price of electric low. Still doesn't make trying to use a battery truck / car across the fly over states practical.
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I assume California is working on building more power plants???

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Hmmmm....not really sure what California is doing. The rest of us will add infrastructure as needed to supply electric power. The percentage of electric vehicles will take awhile to reach the point where it makes a dent. Anyway, more power plants would be a good thing. The electric infrastructure needs updating. Good time to own utility company stock.
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Hmmmm....not really sure what California is doing. The rest of us will add infrastructure as needed to supply electric power. The percentage of electric vehicles will take awhile to reach the point where it makes a dent. Anyway, more power plants would be a good thing. The electric infrastructure needs updating. Good time to own utility company stock.
A quick online check has a few sources saying 0.02 pct. of California’s power is generated by coal. Most of the new “power” plants in state are solar and wind, and I think a couple of LNG. That said, the electrical delivery grid is the major issue here, with PG&E unable or unwilling to keep their equipment from burning us all down (Bigger issues than just “bad forest management”, it’s suburban sprawl into open space as well without proper planning). Not sure I want to own PGE right now

I am encouraged to see the big guys with major plans to move into EV. They probably have looked at Tesla beating most of them in the luxury sedan market with the S, moving in big to the mid market, talking about trucks and semis....and decided they need to keep up or get trampled.
Because they have the money and development infrastructure (they spent years on the Volt dev.), GM has been able to produce solid EVs already, the Volt and Bolt. I own a ‘17 Bolt and it is great! Good build/tech and fun to drive. It makes sense that Ford and FCA are following suit.
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Ford and GM donít make much from sedans, so I donít think Tesla is their concern. Trucks and SUVs represent the bulk of their profits, so they have to protect those market segments. They also have to announce their intentions as part of public filings, as not being in this market would constitute a significant business risk. Not planning to compete would hit their stock value hard. They donít have to disclose technical details.

Interesting that nobody remembers earlier electric pickups. Chev sold the S10 EV in 1997. Ford sold the Ranger EV from 1998 onwards. Range was limited, and these werenít trucks for towing, but they were sold.
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