I have pondered this very notion! I suspect it has to do with customer expectations of value and durability (i.e. leaf springs and stick axles are best) but that goes out the window because of 1) trucks being so expensive these days and 2) EV powertrains open up the F-series to a world of customers who likely hate leaf springs and stick axles.
This is what I am wondering too. The range available in a progressive rate springs might work a lot better when they have to carry this much more load in an unladen truck.
The rear suspension on this truck is using a forged aluminum control arm with a progressive coil over strut. Nothing fancy like the Hummer with the adjustable suspension.
The spring does all the work be it electric or gas so it is not anything crazy.
This truck is not going to age very well as it was Fords way to rush a EV model to market before the Chevy and Ram Appear. Ford is behind in their eclectic vehicle program. All their models are one off where the others are working on shared adaptable platforms that will reduce cost and increase sharing of components.
Ford has that shared platform coming but they are still about 3 years out.
The Platform I speak of is similar the GM Ultium platform and is adapted to different models in size and shape but contains the batteries. It is a very stiff platform. They will share motors and have various number depending on the vehicle and need.
This truck is a hint at what is coming but it will not age well as these trucks using the new platforms will be much better.
It is not about being smart as Ford just is behind due to cash issues.
This was simply something thrown together on a converted platform to try to prop up stock sales as their stock has been struggling.
Their purchase of of Rivian has back fired and contributed greatly to their $3.1 billion loss in the first quarter.
Ford has already announced they will be doing a dedicated platform as VW, GM, Stelantis and others are doing.
EV models are like ICE models and can save much in costs by using shared components. With EV it is easier to adapt them to more variations vs ICE.
Cars like the Mustang Mach E is not adaptable to anything and in the big picture not real cost effective.
Ford has already gone to VW for some EV help and may do more partnerships in the future.
The sharing and character thing is not the fault of the parts but poor design and engineering.
The Hummer and the coming Cadillac Lyriq are worlds apart in style and character but yet they share the same basic Ultium platform.
With electronics they can be programmed to do many things over ICE that has to be re engineered to deal with the changes.
As for power the motors can be placed in size or in numbers. These are what the leading companies are now doing.
Chevy has shown their truck and the Ram that is coming will show how basic the Lighting is.
Ford just announced the networked platforms in March while most other mfgs are already in production of their first models.
Here is a story that outline what I am saying and shows this is not just my opinion. I want Ford to succeed but things are pretty tough in Dearborn right now. Stock is back to $12 and they still have loans to pay off. A lot is banked on the Bronco but delays and production issues have held up money they need.
Read the link and compare it to where others are and you will see about 3 years min difference.
Please note this is not a race to change to EV. This is a marathon and each mfg needs to get it right or they risk much in reputation and image. You mess this up it could be difficult for any mfg to come back. It literally is a reset for all.
Toyota wanted to focus on a hybrids only but now found they will have to go full EV. They are a bit behind but they have the cash and tech to catch up fast.
Even Hyundai and Kia are in a good place moving ahead. Honda to save money and time is using GM tech.
We will see more partnerships and mergers in the future.
As for GM many models will be coming fast in the next few years. The Equinox EV and Blazer SS both will be out next year and the Nox will be $30k. It also will decently equipped for that price. The Dodge line also will bring a number of EV now they merged with Stelantis. .
Bingo. The auto industry is not out to save the planet, they are out to save themselves.
Just look around at the last 40 years and see how the landscape has changed. Just look at the loss of models and brands, Mergers and failures of companies.
The decline in all the markets accept China and the increase in the complexity of todays cars to meet regulations has really made it a tough business to be in.
Even with better built cars today people are keeping them longer as they can and they can't afford to buy every couple years anymore.
The automakers just finally had to make the call and make the change as they could no longer fight off the changes. Even with a recession coming I see no breaks being made to delay this.
With Billions now invested they will not walk away.
It will be interesting to see just who merges and who partners up. It may get a little weirder yet.
As my old Pappy Maverick used to say
"A man does what he has to do - if he can't get out of it."
This applies to corporations too.
Re: deal breaking...get a Pro and install Katskinz leather seats for like a grand. A local upholstery shop can probably do cloth seats for about the same price, which saves you big money over an XLT.
Wise choice. While I am a big fan of dynamat, you might not need it in the doors...the roof might be another story (nobody ever silences the noises going over the roof, except me).
Pretty sure the subwoofers currently available for the F150 will have zero issues being added to the Lightning.
Well, the dealership model is gonna change significantly thanks to the pandemic. Big inventories are a thing of the past. Some manufacturers were threatening to go to more of a "build to order" model in the past, and now it's happening. Funny you mention it, because I was talking to one of my friends who is a dealership general manager and he's fully preparing to have much less inventory for the rest of his career, and instead catering to customers who build their vehicles and choose his dealership to deliver it.
I doubt electric vehicles need more chips in their processors, everything is run by computers now. Look at a cutaway of a Tesla motor, it's more like a glorified alternator. All the chips are outside the motor, and some chips are more available than others.
Yes, instead of scrambling to incentivize people to buy lots of things they don't really want they are going to carry low inventory and sell at max to the fewer people that are serious enough to put in the deposit and order what they want.
More money and less hassles at the end of the day, and cuts a ton of dealership overhead (inventory, financing said inventory, staff, etc.).
The truth is the EV models may use the same or even less chips. ICE uses a ton of them any more.
Keep in mind the transition to EV is over the next 15 years not next year. It is just starting and keep in mind the end date for ICE is not carved in stone.
With advances the end date could be sooner with economic issues it could be later.
This is a long term transition not an immediate one.
The media is reporting on it as this is a big change but the trouble is many enthusiast fail to read all the fine print and over react to this not being an overnight deal
No Mfg’s are making deals with chip makers to buy direct for their needs. They are taking links out of the supply chain.
They are also requesting that the chips be made here so they will have better control over the supply in country.
I know GM revamped their whole process and I expect others are following.
To do this in house would be expensive.
The Ford process is gone for a reason. It no longer works as it did back in the day. Higher wages, taxes, health care costs property etc is all too expensive to do it all anymore.
Tesla have discussed buying a lithium mine. It’s not really about maximising profits - more supply chain stability and certainty. Which is why the current manufacturer that comes closest to your vision is Tata. India suffers from brown outs, so Tata built their own power plants, allowing them to both keep the lights on at the car plant and produce the steel that’s sent there…
Actually if they were easy to buy that would be an issue. Production and models available are low. And demand is out stripping it much like the C8 Vette.
There is no real histeria as there is just marketing and media just reporting on the change.
Yes roads could be a factor in some areas. But with even heavier trucks on most it will be a slight factor.
Many SUV models are 5,000 to 6,000 pounds including the Porsche Cayenne.
As for tires the tire makers are already addressing this. They need to adjust for weight, wear, noise and rolling resistance. It will take sone isl tires.
Many people are ignorant of all the parts of the puzzle that are in motion here to deal with the changes. Much is in play in and around the auto industry working on this.