My new Ford F150 Lightening arrived today (after 2years!). It is an awesome vehicle! The net price after Ford’s incentives, the federal tax credit and MA rebate is $61,000. That is the same price as a new BMW X5. It is replacing a 12-year old BMW X5. The X5 is costing me thousands of dollars a year in maintenance. The F150 Lightening will cost me almost nothing because it has no engine, gearbox, clutch, radiator, alternator or spark plugs to fail. Because I charge it from my solar panels I can drive it for about 2c per mile whereas the X5 costs 20c per mile. It connects to the Tesla supercharging network (and EVgo and Chargepoint) for long-distance travel. It has a 130 kWh battery that will power my house for 5 days during a grid outage. It is made in the US with UAW labor. Did I mention the zero-carbon footprint? I can run 4 x 120V appliances from the bed of the truck. A fridge (margaritas, beers or a chilled glass of bubbly anyone?), a microwave (hot dogs) a coffee pot and a TV projector make for awesome tailgating! This truck is a party on four wheels! It could also run a circular saw, a mitre saw, lights and a shop vac. It is a workshop on four wheels! Oh, and I can get four kayaks in the back.
I will be doing a talk for Sherborn on EVs and Vehicle-to-home electrification in January. This is the wave of the future. No more maintenance, no more emissions, no more back up generators! And lots of parties.