Sure, an all-electric pickup can tow one million pounds, especially if it’s a Ford F-150 / Rivian truck.
What we do know is that Ford has already invested in Rivian. There was talk about General Motors investing in the electric startup, but that didn’t pan out. Amazon was also part of that deal and it has followed through with an initial investment to the tune of $700 million.
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Following news of Amazon’s stake and GM’s decision not to partake, Ford announced a $500 million investment. The press release stated that Ford plans to build an all-new battery-electric vehicle using Rivian’s flexible skateboard platform.
We are recharging during downhill transport. In this case, energy recovery during braking will be responsible for the recharging of the vehicle. The recharging station is only a backup,” said Beutle. “The 100 kW stationary charging station is used only for achieving a full charge. If a depleted battery pack with 700 kWh is fully recharged with a 100 kW recharging station, it could take up to 10 hours.”
Ford has an eye on electric pickup trucks. The recent stunt of an F-150 electric prototype towing 1.25 million pounds in a railway proves that. What some probably are not aware of is that Ford will not be the first one to produce an electric F-150. Ecotuned, from Canada, has already made 15 of them. But you will not be able to buy any unless you own a fleet.
In 2019, the registrations of battery electric vehicles is up over 60% compared to the same period in 2018 – and following the government’s pledge to mobilise around £400m of investment in the UK’s EV charging infrastructure – it feels like the EV industry has moved into 5th gear.
The UK government recently pledged to introduce legislation which requires the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles in all new housing in England as part of efforts to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. This would be a world first, positioning the UK as a leader in the race to reach the zero emissions target.