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(12,261 posts)
Tue Mar 19, 2024, 06:39 AM Mar 2024

Ford Plans Affordable Small Electric Pickup and SUV, Starting Around $25,000

Peter Johnson, Mar 18 2024 - 2:41 pm PT
Full Article: https://electrek.co/2024/03/18/ford-plans-affordable-ev-pickup-suv-starting-25000/

Amid a flood of new competition, Ford is shifting plans to build more affordable electric vehicles. Ford is developing a new low-cost EV platform to power a small electric pickup and SUV, with starting prices around $25,000. However, due to the pivot, plans for its three-row electric SUV have been put on the back burner.

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Ford put together a “super-talented skunk works team” to create it with “some of the best EV engineers in the world.” The team is led by Alan Clarke, who led the engineering on Tesla’s best-selling Model Y.

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Sources familiar with the matter say the first model will launch in 2026, with starting prices around $25,000. It will rival the low-cost EV Tesla is working on.

The platform will first feature LFP batteries, which are about 30% cheaper than traditional lithium-ion. However, it’s also exploring other EV battery tech.

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Ford Plans Affordable Small Electric Pickup and SUV, Starting Around $25,000 (Original Post) Think. Again. Mar 2024 OP
I'm in. 3Hotdogs Mar 2024 #1
I hope Alan Clark wasn't behind the underengineered front ends that are failing fairly quickly, ... marble falls Mar 2024 #2
Yeah, it'll be a good thing to have some serious Tesla competition. Think. Again. Mar 2024 #3
I'll buy one! KS Toronado Mar 2024 #4
Me too, I like small pick-ups and really want to go electric... Think. Again. Mar 2024 #5
This Country, in fact the World KS Toronado Mar 2024 #6
I agree, I'm afraid we might have to... Think. Again. Mar 2024 #7
Have to address the transmission issues Kennah Mar 2024 #8
Unless I'm mistaken... Think. Again. Mar 2024 #9
I believe electric motors still have torque and rev limits for purposes of an automobile Kennah Mar 2024 #10
Thanks! Think. Again. Mar 2024 #11

Think. Again.

(12,261 posts)
5. Me too, I like small pick-ups and really want to go electric...
Wed Mar 20, 2024, 04:56 AM
Mar 2024

...but so far the prices are too much for me.

KS Toronado

(18,238 posts)
6. This Country, in fact the World
Wed Mar 20, 2024, 09:31 AM
Mar 2024

needs to find a way to bring the cost of EVs down to combat global warming.

Kennah

(14,408 posts)
8. Have to address the transmission issues
Wed Mar 20, 2024, 01:11 PM
Mar 2024

Most EVs have CVTs, which are notoriously bad in many vehicles. From what I read, they don't tend to handle torque very well. I suspect that is the reason for the issues with Ford's full-sized Lighting EV pickups.

If results with traditional automatic transmissions aren't working out well, the simple solution would seem to be manual transmissions.

Think. Again.

(12,261 posts)
9. Unless I'm mistaken...
Wed Mar 20, 2024, 02:44 PM
Mar 2024

...with an electric motor, there isnct any real need to have multiple gears, the motor itself adjusts the speed output by the speed of the motor.

Multiple gears are necessary on combustion engines because the mechanics of the engine itself has limits that need to brought down with each gear (or something like that).

Kennah

(14,408 posts)
10. I believe electric motors still have torque and rev limits for purposes of an automobile
Wed Mar 20, 2024, 03:55 PM
Mar 2024

Electric bikes have gears--both internal hubs and derailers--because even though there's far less torque involved with a bike, there are limits.

Think. Again.

(12,261 posts)
11. Thanks!
Wed Mar 20, 2024, 04:01 PM
Mar 2024

I guess the research and development of EVs still has way to go!

I know it took quite a while to get from the Model T to today's advanced designs.

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