A significant milestone for electric vehicles happened on May 19. Ford revealed their new F-150 “Lightning”–their first fully electric pickup truck with more power and performance than conventional gasoline-powered engines.
The Ford F-150 epitomizes truck ownership for many Americans. It’s highly regarded as a workhorse that will handle heavy-duty work needs, haul hefty recreational vehicles, and perform well in hazardous conditions. Historically, F-series trucks have topped the market for U.S. sales, and 2021 has been no exception. For the first quarter of 2021, 203,797 F-series trucks were sold, putting them in the number one spot. Ram pickup followed with 148,837 units sold, and the Chevrolet Silverado took third with 126,591 units sold.
This is notable because electric vehicles often get a bad reputation for being “hippy, liberal” vehicles capable of light-weight commuting needs in limited areas. The Ford Lightning breaks all of those rules. With price tags ranging from $39,974 to $90,474, this electric pickup truck packs in a lot of power:
- 10,000 lb max towing capability
- 2,000 lb payload capacity
- Estimated EPA of 230-mile range with a standard battery or 300 miles with an extended range battery
- 6kw version includes ten 120V outlets (2 in the cab, 4 in the front trunk, and 4 in the bed) PLUS one 240v outlet in the bed
- Capable of serving as a backup home generator for up to three days of full power or ten days with rationed power
- 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque with the extended range battery
- Accelerates from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds
The whole system is managed with sophisticated technology that weighs the payload and towed trailers, evaluates the trip including road conditions and terrain, calculates electric power needs, and plots recharging stops at existing charging stations.
The release of the Ford Lightning–a vehicle that powers the most demanding jobs with electricity and performs better than those with combustion engines–has the potential to catapult consumer acceptance of electric vehicles to a whole new level.
It’s easier than ever for consumers to purchase electric vehicles with Federal, State, and Utility rebates and tax credits.
Federal Tax Credits
The Qualified Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Tax Credit is available to purchasers of a new qualified PEV that:
- draws propulsion using a traction battery,
- has at least five-kilowatt hours (kWh) of capacity,
- uses an external source of energy to recharge the battery,
- has a gross vehicle weight rating of up to 14,000 pounds, and
- meets specified emission standards.
The amount of the credit varies from $2,500 to $7,500 depending on the vehicle and phases out as the manufacturer reaches 200,000 PEV units sold. Click here for more information about this program, including specific credits for makes and models.
Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program
Oregon provides two rebates for consumers who purchase an electric vehicle: The Standard Rebate and The Charge Ahead Rebate. Click here for more information about both of these programs.
- The Standard Rebate can be applied towards new battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with a base MSRP under $50,000. There are no income requirements. The rebate amount is $1,500 for vehicles with batteries under 10 kWh and $2,500 for those with 10 KWh or more.
- The Charge Ahead Rebate is similar and offers an additional $2,500 rebate for households earning up to 120% of local area median income. Their website includes a simple income eligibility calculator.
Many Oregon public utility districts provide limited rebates for various purposes, from installing a home or a commercial-use charging station to purchasing electric vehicles or e-bikes. Check with your local utility to see what rebates are currently available.
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