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kleinbl00  ·  240 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 12, 2023

Cash for Clunkers took like eight weeks.

As for trucks that can't tow - I keep seeing Rivians. Speaking as a former electric vehicle designer? There's no shortage of torque, the only limitation is range. Is the range an issue for most people? Inside EVs towed an airstream a hundred miles with the standard battery package. For the people at my kids' school who haul their RVs to a KOA 40 miles away to go glamping? That's plenty and they're the ones buying $100k pickups. Chelan is 180 miles away and I'll bet it'd be a nail-biter getting a bayliner from here to there but most truck-and-boat people do that like once, maybe twice.

An EV truck is the dumbest EV you can make because the efficiency just isn't there and you're gonna get punished on the highway. The way you get around that is by stacking batteries all day, which increases your cost, which gets you a six-figure F150 which is where we're at. Trucks aren't a profitable segment because they're really cheap to make, they're a profitable segment because people pay fucktons of money for them. At that point, the expense is just another bragging point.