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  1. 2 points
    The thing is that the reason there isn't more charging stations is that there is a lack of demand-not to mention your typical commuter will be charging at home 90% of the time. I know people who have invested in Solar panels to off set costs of charging at home. This isn't going to be a lightswitch where in 2030 we will all be driving BEVs instead of ICE products. 2030 will be the infection point that ICE starts shrinking and never recovers. The thing you seem to be forgetting is that the auto industry of today was basically started anywhere from 24 months to 5 years ago. Just look at this way-the Mustang is getting a refresh soon and heavy update in 2022/23, with an expectation of a new platform post 2025. What will Ford do? Will they merge the Mach E and Mustang into a single platform that is BEV only? Its possible. I don't see any major investments in any new ICE engines going forward-only updates/upgrades, because to spend a billion or two on a new ICE engine (for light duty use at least) isn't going to pay for itself over the next 15 years (using 2035 as an example) with the expectations that BEV will be at least 50% of the market in 2030.
  2. 2 points
    I strongly suggest you watch one on of Tony Seba's presentations on YouTube. This guy is predicting the end of internal combustion engines by 2030 ! Like every other futurist he thinks we can "grow" enough "clean" electrical energy to power MASSIVE quantities of electric vehicles. This would take TRILLIONS of dollars world wide and there is no real incentive (as far as the people holding the money are concerned) to make that commitment ! You COULD look at it from that direction, but most everyone in the company is looking at it as a "hard 90° turn" ! How wants to keep working on internal combustion engines ? Notice I said this was a bunch of middle level retired engineering managers. None would disagree the the future is going to including electric vehicles and possibly self driving vehicles. It takes a "steady hand" at the wheel of an "aircraft carrier" to change course. What good did it do to publicly come out and tell the world "we aren't going to be making cars any more !" It certainly hurt sales short term. They did not stop the following day and people were then forced to work on a "dead man walking" (2020 Fusion) to get it out the door. That really is not very "inspiring" ! The success of new products (Ranger, Explorer, Bronco, Mach-E) is dependent upon the "cash cow" that have been keeping the blood flowing.
  3. 2 points
    Isn't 'going fast' a big part of what caused problems with the Explorer launch? As much as I want to see the Bronco yesterday, we don't need more of that.
  4. 2 points
    RedHoncho, we don't know exactly. It will either be a 2022 model year out in 2021 or a 2023 model year out in 2022. Its design and engineering is well underway. Based on what I have read and heard, coming out around the same time should be an all-electric mid-sized Lincoln crossover (possibly about the same size as the Nautilus). Design and engineering of this vehicle is also well underway. Both will have Ford cousins, like the Corsair has with the Escape and the Nautilus with the Edge. Both of these mid-sized crossovers would be in addition to the larger all-electric (and Lincoln exclusive) SUV that has recently gotten considerable press attention. That will probably be out a year or so earlier, possibly as early as sometime next year. Your quandary is why I leased my Nautilus last year, first time I've leased. I'm thinking of swapping into either the new redesigned Nautilus when it comes out or maybe the mid-sized electric. If you go with the current Nautilus, let me recommend the 2.7 twin turbo V6 with AWD. That combination really add to the drivability of this larger crossover (than what you are used to). The bigger engine for the power and the AWD to improve handling and avoid torque steer (as a result of the bigger engine). Good luck!
  5. 2 points
    coupe3w

    Farley looks Toward the Future

    No need for it in the work place. Very unprofessional. You can get your point across without profanity. And usually works better too.
  6. 2 points
    fordmantpw

    Farley looks Toward the Future

    🤣 You gotta love a guy who's passionate enough to hurl an f-bomb every now and then! 😄
  7. 1 point
    The Detroit Free Press expanded on this Joe Hinrichs writes to his Ford team: 'I do have one last request' Here is an excerpt that I found interesting Some people really stretched their neck out for that guy !
  8. 1 point
    I would say the future of BEVs lies solely in the hands of battery development.....that and acknowledgement of its inherent environmental impact ...which is still in its gestation whereas ICE is pretty well know, warts and all...
  9. 1 point
    mlhm5

    Farley looks Toward the Future

    Ford stock is at the same price it was in 1988. How did a company who is known for building a car screw up the launch of the 2020 Explorer so badly? Analysts are watching closely.
  10. 1 point
    coupe3w

    Farley looks Toward the Future

    I'm talking about management not the shop floor. And yes, I know what those acronyms are.
  11. 1 point
    Do a 39 month lease and you should be good. Better to wait 6-12 months after launch if possible.
  12. 1 point
    fordmantpw

    Farley looks Toward the Future

    They're just words. There's nothing inherently bad with swear words, it's all a matter of perception, and the intent of the word. Strangely enough, we are listening to a video on this right now. My wife and I help lead the RCIA classes for our parish, and language is a topic tonight. It's all in the intention, and when not used for the intention of knocking people down, it's OK for occasional use.
  13. 1 point
    fordmantpw

    Farley looks Toward the Future

    I don't know, ask my kids. I've been known to drop the f-bomb at home, but rarely in public. I'm more passionate about my kids than anything else in life. But I do usually end up apologizing later...
  14. 1 point
    akirby

    Farley looks Toward the Future

    Like Kirby Smart who said “How ‘bout them F@#%&ing Dawgs” in a press conference. His wife made him apologize the next day.
  15. 1 point
    coupe3w

    Farley looks Toward the Future

    Passionate? Or just an A-hole?
  16. 1 point
    That's good! Well you are right but 1 year ago you would of had Explorer on the can't fuck up list so my point is there are no guarantees of future success.
  17. 1 point
    fuzzymoomoo

    Tesla stock

    No, it means they don't give a fuck, haven't you been listening? 😂
  18. 1 point
    coupe3w

    7.3 teardown

    Well what ever the reason I'm glad they did it. Now put it in the Mustang.
  19. 1 point
    He's never forgiven Jim Farley for ending his company's advertising contract with Ford, makes mention of it again in the article but doesn't declare his own interest in that deal. PDL is also on the outer at GM , he wasn't invited to the C8 Corvette event, you could tell he was sore about that. Maybe any good will be had is now all used up, burnt bridges?
  20. 1 point
    Agreed but can't really be sure what Farley has really done other than getting himself promoted a lot.
  21. 1 point
    mackinaw

    Farley looks Toward the Future

    Agreed, but I figured it might be of interest. By Phoebe Howard too, the gal who wrote the DCT story.
  22. 1 point
    fuzzymoomoo

    Farley looks Toward the Future

    Did anyone else find very little substance in that piece?
  23. 1 point
    I cannot get past the front wheel drive platform and subsequent torque steer.
  24. 1 point
    I just hope that a HUD is an option if it's going to add cost. I had it in my LaCrosse and it was cool and I just drove around for a few days with my loaner XT4 and it had it too, but for me I and the wife, we just don't care about them. We would personally like to put the money elsewhwere. If it's a couple hundred cool, toss it in but any more than that I'd rather hope and pray for black packages to spend the money on. Or in the case of my wife, double up the subwoofer and amp power... 🔊
  25. 1 point
    Lane departure warning is most useful, I think, with around town driving. It can be used as well on the highway, but there, lane centering really shines and is better used because... ...lane centering works quite differently from lane departure warning. The former only kicks in when you have your adaptive cruise control engaged -- and the two systems work well in tandem. I found that centering with adaptive cruise together provide a quantum leap in road trip driving. And unlike my expectation, it enabled me to concentrate better on the less mundane aspects of driving, actually sharpening my attention on the road rather than detracting from it.
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