Agree, no tax breaks or credits, let the market decide...I don't want my taxpayer $ subsidizing an affluent person (as they're the ones that can afford to purchase an EV due to cost) in buying an EV.
Technically, the only F-150s that Ford officially supports using with a snow plow are those with the 5.0 V8, I think. Having said that, you could put a snow plow on a Honda Accord if you wanted to.
Yes. Have a plow on my 2018 with the 5.0.
Went to the Ford website, was on chat for about a 1/2 hour, asked about putting a plow on it.
The person could not answer my question.
I cringe when I think of these things after 5 years of road salt intrusion into all that wiring, and electric motors. Wonder how long they'll make it before they either crap out on the side of the road, or catch fire. My job as an auto tech is secure, looks like.
@BMD4800: CNG has major energy density issues, and while you might be able to install a compressor to refuel at home, it won't be cheap. Even then, like an EV, you'll occasionally need public refueling sites, not to mention people who cannot fuel at home because they live in apartments or in cities (this is also an issue for EVs). In that case you run into the issue of CNG infrastructure being expensive, slow, and far more difficult to install and maintain than a comparable EV public charging network.
Look at the scale of the Supercharger network, built out in less than a decade. Local approvals, siting, and construction are all *far* simpler and cheaper than a similar CNG station, or even a gas station, for that matter. Then imagine how much money, time, and effort would be required to build a similar CNG network. https://www.tesla.com/findus?v=2&bounds=47.09947216734131%2C-76.30016451508246%2C30.48582606169548%2...
@DrOverboost: Assuming that they do it correctly and don't actually back the truck all of the way into the lake, it'll look just like any other truck loading/unloading a boat.
Do you think that Ford didn't think to seal the battery like every other EV? It's also up much higher than your average EV battery, and is unlikely to get wet, just as you don't generally submerge your fuel tank at the boat ramp.
@TC: Actually, Most of our power comes from Nuclear, Coal, and Natural gas. And while it would be better if it came from something else, EVs still have a lower carbon footprint when fueled using these sources, so long as they aren't just parked and never driven.
Maybe this very first generation truck can't do what you need for work, but that's fine. This is the very beginning of EVs. The technology is moving very rapidly, and it was less than a decade ago that EVs were crappy little city runabouts that made no sense. Now it's a snap to drive one from one side of the country to the other (so long as it's a Tesla, the other charging networks are still catching up, for now).
@BWeston: That's for the XL trim, which few buy. There will certainly be a premium for the Lightning. Move into the Lariat trim and spec out the 240V outlet in the back, plus the larger battery and so on, and you'll be up in the $70k range quite quickly.
...totally agree the base XL with 230 mile range and more basic charging options is not where the volume will be - but even if you get the high-end 300 mile range battery pack, plus premium charging & nicely optioned truck - $70k still compares very favorably to almost any other E - truck coming out in the near future. Not to mention advantage of F-Series being a real, proven, top-selling truck to begin with - and the large Ford dealer service network. I can't see how these new independents are going to effectively compete in this E-truck category. While GM has the higher priced and more powerful / capable Hummer coming out, I don't see anything in the way of an upcoming competitor that's viable in the RAM lineup either.
This comment nailed it, @rxk9394. The current crop of EVs may not be right for everyone, but they're right for many, and they are rapidly improving. Imagine the hysterical laughter that would have ensued if you had told someone in 2010 that in 2022 Ford would be producing a 300 mile BEV F-150 that could do 0-60 in 4.4 seconds! They would have pointed to the barely introduced first-generation Nissan Leaf and said "HAH! There's no way that technology is going to improve that quickly, you fool!"