Ford F-150 Lightning Changed Perception of Electric Vehicles
Basically, an automobile is as viable as its source of energy. If your car has a range of 300 miles, you’re limited as to where you can go if there isn’t a reliable network of points to replenish your supply.
It’s also not fun to go on the internet to find these remote stations while you plan your trip across the country. And some more distant places will not have any at all, which will make them inaccessible.
Yet that will be the dilemma for people 50 years from now who still drive internal combustion engine cars as they search for the few remaining stations that still sell this thing called gasoline. The Sinclair brand, with its logo representing a dinosaur, will seem particularly well suited.
Earlier this year, the auto press was dismissive when General Motors announced it would stop manufacturing gasoline engines by 2035. It must have been a pipe dream or a publicity stunt.
These quiet little electric buggies were perfect for snowflakes or MIT graduates, but for Central America you could have its spark plugs and pistons when you pull them out of its cold, dead hands. Then the Ford F-150 Lightning arrived, and truck fans in America leaned forward in their lounge chairs, speechless at a pickup that could power a range of power tools thirstiest for amps. , electrify the whole house in the event of a power failure and come within seven-tenths of a second of a Corvette in its 0-60 time.
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Instead of gradually chiseling the fringes of the car-buying public, Ford launched a Hail Mary, targeting the last segment of the public that you’d expect to be interested in green power. Ford instantly had 150,000 pre-orders for the Lightning. America has always been results-driven, and coal hauling doesn’t seem as fun when the pickup next to you at the traffic light can smoke you out of line like you’re stuck in a pit. primordial tar.
Ford last week essentially joined GM in putting all of its chips in the electric arena, announcing an $ 11 billion investment in electric vehicle and battery factories that will employ 11,000 people.
As Congress grapples with public spending, it is this private spending that deserves the most attention. Modernizing an oil-based nation with green energy will most certainly lead to a second industrial revolution, some 150 years after the first.
In the process, we will save the planet, not thanks to the governments of the world. It’s funny but factual to think that the makers of the Olds 98, Mark IV, Mustang and Camaro will be the ones to lead us to a greener future. But once these dominoes start to fall, they fall quickly.
Those who have not yet reached the age of 50 will not remember that in 1970 a thick milky haze of what they called smog hung over every urban center in America. This was a slight improvement over coal, which in the 1800s darkened the skies of American cities.
Much of that smog was cleaned up with the introduction of the catalytic converter (known to irreverent people as a “cataclysmic pervert”) which was good for the air but ruined vehicle performance for about a decade.
Chevy Bolt drivers who have been advised not to park near other cars in the event that theirs spontaneously ignites will understand the growing technological difficulties. But consider the long-term effects of the catalytic converter and other mechanisms that clean up pollutants from fossil fuel consumption.
In 50 years, cities have gone from grueling and grueling hellish landscapes that were abandoned every weekday at 5 p.m. to desirable and economically vibrant communities. And all it took was breathable air.
If we could see the gases responsible for climate change, we would have done something a long time ago. Smoke, exhaust fumes, trash, smog, and other visible byproducts of human existence are easier to combat than an invisible enemy.
But even those who still believe the whole climate change thing is a hoax might want to think about it: Cleaning up the planet has always been one of the great economic engines of the past 150 years.
This has not only allowed cities to thrive, it has spurred demand for new fuels and new technologies and new businesses that provide good jobs with high wages. Ford factories are just the beginning.
The entire bones, muscles and tendons of transportation, industrial and energy components are about to undergo a great modernization not seen since the introduction of steam engines, electricity and power. wired communications.
And it doesn’t matter who is in the public service. The first dishwasher was patented in 1850. What is considered more important today, this event, or the presidency of Zachary Taylor?
Tim Rowland is a columnist for the Herald-Mail.