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#31 | Models | Ford F-150 Lightning; Tesla Model S Plaid deliveries

Ford unveiled its F-150 Lightning electric truck yesterday. Let's start with President Biden's impressions the day before:

"This sucker's quick!"

If I was at Ford, I'd market the heck out of that, make these words known to everyone. For your reference, this sucker's quick is equivalent to about 4+ seconds for 0-60 mph.

Now, the car itself looks like this:

Image: Ford (CGI)

Here's Ford YouTube playlist of the car's features along with the reveal (video) and here's a video of the prototype by Motor1 (video).

The EPA range will be 230 miles (370km) on entry level and 300 miles (483km) on extended-range.

There's plenty of neat little additions to the car, like the Ford Intelligent Backup Power, which means with some additional gadgets, it can offload 9.6kW to be a backup source of power for your home.

The detail I like most?

The high-tech mega power frunk has 14.1 cubic feet of storage nad handles 400 pounds of payload, is water-resistant with 4 electrical outlets providing up to 2.4kW of power, usb chargers and has a drainable floor.

This will transform the tailgate parties.

Image: Ford

The pricing was surprising to me too, as the truck starts at $39,974 before incentives.

All in all, I'd say it's quite a nice effort from Ford.


Now, on to the fastest production car in the world:

a four-door family sedan.

Even the Rimac's C_Two (deep dive here) might not be able to handle the Plaid.

And neither of those two can come close what Tesla is up to next with the new Tesla Roadster.

Roadster, baby.

While sitting pretty on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum, the information panel of the Tesla Roadster reads (link):

Demonstrating the versatility of electric power [...], an announced SpaceX package would outfit the Roadster with cold air rocket thrusters positioned at the rear, allowing a 0-to-60-mph acceleration time of 1.1 seconds.

And I think Musk is crazy enough to actually pull this off!

In other news - GMC's Hummer could weigh over 9,000 pounds (4 tons) (link); Faraday Future's FF91 will feature a 27'' rear passenger screen (video); How to escape from Tesla's Model S3XY in an emergency (video).

Beacon X showed Teslarati how their new Beacon 4 Tesla works - through connecting the phone, Tesla owners can enjoy video conferences in the car, with video stream on the infotainment system. This made me think - I wonder what happens when Tesla releases a dedicated Tesla App Store, open to third-party developers? This could spark a lot of innovation for the time spent in the car. Join the discussion on Twitter (link).

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