...someone who can afford it. The top-line Rivian won’t be much cheaper. You aren’t getting 180kWh of battery for less than $100k.
So, the price isn’t that different, but one is far more useful as a truck. Hell, the B1 SUV probably has the same size “bed” as the Rivian (looked it up, it does 49” x 61” vs unknown x 55”), and it is an SUV (and looks awesome).
They're definitely aimed at different customers. Me, I want my EV truck to be an actual truck, which is why I would never buy anything with a 5-5.5ft bed. Hell, you couldn’t fit a weed eater in a 5.5ft bed.
Like I said, I think the Rivian is cool as hell, but it really doesn’t fit in the truck category (a 55” bed is 4’ 7”, that is silly small, by comparison a Fridgeline is 49” x 60”).
The real determining factor will be what type of seating you want for the second row, if you want bench you should probably order. Unless something has changed the large majority of the Reserves are captain chairs. That’s just my 2¢. We ordered ours and it took the hassle out of the search. Some people love the thrill of the hunt, some don’t.
It should have at least a 20 mile EV range whereas the hybrid would only do a mile or two (if that).
But it does sound like they're going to market this as a performance option so we'll see how it performs.
You probably misunderstood what was said. There might be a software update available to address an issue that causes a warning light but the light doesn't come on because it thinks it needs an update. Doesn't work that way. Sounds like the dealer got lazy and just applied a software update hoping it fixes the problem without doing proper troubleshooting.
It's a luxury truck, like many trucks sold today, just as the F-150 BEV will likely be. The real work truck for Ford is a Hybrid. Eventually BEVs will be work trucks, but towing with BEVs is TERRIBLE for range. I'm actually not sure how they are going to crack that, it basically ensures Hybrids are the future for a big part of their Truck business while BEVs will be unique. I am REALLY curious to see what their Hybrid powertrain can add to towing in the F-150 (They are Hybridizing the 3.5L EB), although it may not really be the main focus
The F-150 BEV gets a unique architecture, it's not just an upfitted F-150. It's also quite a bit further out to the point it's likely arriving after Rivian, assuming Rivian doesn't delay. But I bet it arrives around the same time as the Tesla Cybertruck.