Ford's all-electric F-150 EV Lightning

By Henry Farkas
Ford's F150 Lightning has an impressive frunk
Ford's F150 Lightning has an impressive frunk

It's big news when a legacy auto manufacturer like Ford debuts an all-electric pickup. They’ve announced the Ford F-150 Lightning. You can order one now, but they won't be coming out for about a year.

It has some interesting features so it’s going to be an interesting competitor for Tesla. For one thing, the price for the entry-level utility pickup is around $40,000. And buyers of Ford electric vehicles are still eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit. The truck has a full club cab that seats five adults and a five-and-a-half-foot bed. It also has a large frunk. The range is either 230 or 300 miles depending on the battery size selected. All the trim levels come with two motor all-wheel drive. That compares with the Cybertruck’s single motor rear-wheel drive for the $40,000 base model and no federal tax credit. The Ford comes with 11 power outlets spread around the truck

On the software side, the Ford comes with over-the-air software updates, like the Cybertruck, but they didn’t mention in the video whether the software updates would be included in the price as Tesla does or whether they’d charge for the software updates. They don’t pretend to have full self-driving on city streets, but they do claim to have hands-free driving on highways.

Ford Lightning EV

Another thing they claim the LIghtning will have is the ability to power your house from the truck battery in the event of a blackout. Tesla doesn’t do that. They say that they can power your house for three days from the truck battery, although I suspect the three-day estimate has hidden parameters such as no need for whole-house A/C (mild weather) and the larger battery size in the truck.

Because Ford is a legacy automaker, they don’t need to build factories from the ground up. They just need to re-tool. And they can make other electric vehicles, too. Toward the end of their video, they brought out prototypes of a new, higher-performance Mustang Mach-E SUV and a new electric transit van.

Ford Lightning EV

Ford Lightning EV

Elon Musk has always said that he expects to have competition in the electric vehicle market and that his goal is to accelerate the world toward electric propulsion. He’s getting what he expected to get. Let’s face it, without Tesla, none of the legacy auto manufacturers would be interested in manufacturing electric vehicles. We have Elon to thank for the new rush to the electrification of personal transportation.

Ford Lightning EV

Musk Teases New Model for Early 2025 That Will Use a Mix of Next-Gen and Current Platforms

By Cláudio Afonso

“We have updated our future vehicle line-up to accelerate the launch of new models ahead of our previously communicated start of production in the second half of 2025”. This was one of the key sentences that were part of Tesla’s deck shared on Tuesday directly before its financial results.

Since Reuters’ report a few weeks ago saying Tesla had “scrapped” the highly expected cheaper model— which Elon quickly denied on X —retail and institutional shareholders started asking for more details on Tesla’s product roadmap for 2024 and beyond.

In the earnings conference call, Elon Musk reiterated that Tesla expects to launch the next model in “early 2025, if not late this year”.

“We've updated our future vehicle lineup to accelerate the launch of new models ahead of previously mentioned start of production in the second half of 2025. So, we expect it to be more like the early 2025, if not late this year. “

Over concerns of temporary production halts to update the factories for these new models, Musk said that Tesla will produce new models with certain aspects from their next-generation platform and current models. This will reduce the number of changes needed on production lines and allow Tesla not only to ramp up production faster but also to get the vehicles to market quicker.

Model Y Redesign

Tesla appears to hit that their next-gen vehicle will be less “next-gen” than they were initially aiming for, but to get a new vehicle out the door by late 2024, the process would already have to be in motion. Tesla may likely be referring to the redesigned Model Y, which is expected to reuse many parts from the new Model 3. Earlier this year, Tesla said that the redesigned Model Y will not be released this year, so it makes sense that they’re looking to speed up that production.

Tesla CEO concluded by saying that these measures will allow Tesla to reach a capacity of over 3 million units. Tesla produced 1.84 million vehicles in 2023. However, this year they’re ramping up Cybertruck production and introduced the new Model 3 into new markets.

And we think this should allow us to get to over 3 million vehicles of capacity when realized to the full extent.

Tesla reported on Tuesday its earnings results followed by a conference call where it teased its upcoming Robotaxi and its next-generation platform saying its “purpose-built Robotaxi product will continue to pursue a revolutionary ‘unboxed’ manufacturing strategy”.

Earlier in the day, Tesla announced the new Performance variant of its sedan Model 3 with deliveries in the United States starting already next month. The new version starts at $45,490 (after applying the $7,500 Federal EV tax credit) and goes from 0 to 60mph in 2.9 seconds.

Tesla on FSD: Close to License Deal With Major Automaker, Announces Miles Driven on FSD v12

By Cláudio Afonso

On Tuesday Tesla reported its earnings results followed by a conference call that brought several updates on the company’s roadmap for future vehicles, autonomous driving, Optimus and much more.

While answering a question from Goldman Sachs analyst Mark Delaney about updates on the licensing of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology, Elon Musk said they’re talking to one major auto manufacturer and there’s “a good chance” the company signs the first deal before year-end. However, he went on to say that it would probably be three years before the necessary changes are integrated into the car.

I think we have a good chance we do sign a deal this year

Brings Benefits to Tesla

The technology would require other automakers to start using the same cameras and hardware as Tesla, meaning that Tesla may not only generate money from licensing FSD but also from selling the hardware itself. However, there would be other benefits as well. When licensing FSD, Tesla would likely own the data gathered with the system well, further helping them with data and edge cases that need to be solved to reach full autonomy.

people don't understand all cars will need to be smart cars… Once that becomes obvious, I think licensing becomes not optional.

Tesla’s Chief Financial Officer Vaibhav Taneja commented pointing out that future partners “take a lot of time in their product life cycle” resulting in a gap between the deal signing and the arrival in the market of Tesla’s FSD software.

Miles Driven With FSD

On the conference call, Musk added that Tesla now has over 300 million miles that have been driven with FSD v12 since it was launched just last month. He added that it's becoming “very clear that the vision-based approach with end-to-end neural networks is the right solution for scalable autonomy”.

Tesla said it will continue to increase its “core AI infrastructure capacity in the coming months” adding that in the first quarter, it completed the transition to hardware 4.0 with China now receiving the upgraded FSD computer and cameras.

Over the weekend, Tesla reduced the price of FSD dropping it from $12,000 to $8,000 for customers in the United States and from CA$16,000 to CA$11,000 in Canada.

Earlier this month, Tesla implemented a 50% price reduction for FSD subscriptions in the U.S. and introduced the subscription model in Canada at a great value of CA$99 per month.

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