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Old May 27th, 2020, 23:10   #5686
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Originally Posted by wxman View Post
It doesn't look like EV pickup trucks will be competitive with ICE pickup trucks as tow vehicles for the foreseeable future.

I can see a range extender rental market emerging for the 1% of the time most truck owners tow something an appreciable distance.

I also found this Engineering Explained video detailing why EVs are more environmentally friendly than ICEVs informative: https://youtu.be/2rywz73vwKw
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With enough charging stations and keeping the cost/KWH low, I see no downside to EV light trucks. Dunno if this translates to EV 18 wheelers but am sure someone has looked at this.

I'm still impressed with the base mpg of the old VW Polo diesel that hovered over 60 mpg. Using modern diesel emission equipment and renewable diesel fuel makes it a bit attractive.

Get your Teslas folks as when they start changing the styling, the classic shape will look better IMO.
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Originally Posted by nayr View Post
Nope, https://techcrunch.com/2020/04/28/fo...m-with-rivian/

I think we're already at point where uber ugly triumphantly expensive over the top pickups are mainstream, just missing that electric element.
That particular Rivian-rebranded-as-a-Lincoln has been cancelled, but Rivian itself is carrying on (and they've got a contract with Amazon to build delivery vans for them https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a3...-van-revealed/ )

Ford owns a chunk of the Rivian company, Ford is known to be developing an electric F150, and Rivian has been testing their prototype "skateboard" chassis underneath F150 bodyshells, so there is a connection between the two companies, and probably engineers have been talking to each other. The electric F150 is different from the Rivian truck, though.

The Rivian truck is way more practical looking than the Tesla monstrosity - although the production version of that Tesla will require engineering changes relative to the prototype that we have seen.
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Default Volkswagen pumps 2 billion euros into China electric vehicle bet


Now how much combined investment are non-Tesla vehicle companies bringing to the US in terms of EV technology?
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VAG is also changing a lot of its production capacity at the Salzgitter plant over to EV related stuff. Which has been an engine plant (gas and diesel, but once the TDIs came along was 75%+ diesel) since it stopped building the 412 and K70 in 1974.
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Yeah, VW is building a new battery production facility at the Saltzgitter site in co-operation with Northvolt. Though batteries aren't expected to come off of the production line until 2024. https://cleantechnica-com.cdn.amppro...ly-progress%2F
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