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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-08-2018, 09:08 AM
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It should weigh less than the outgoing Raptor though, and its still to be determined where exactly the Raptor excels in its power band. Hopefully if/when we get confirmation of a US model, its at a more reasonable price than what's been outlined for the UK.
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One thing for sure is that this has to be a $40k range truck, any closer to the $50k to $60k range and it will be priced too close to the current raptor.
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Depending on its price point, we may see buyers shift their focus towards the F150 variant due to the large jump in power. Even if they manage to get the base model to $40k, by the time you factor in additional options, it'll probably be similarly priced to a base model F150 Raptor.
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It's for this reason that I don't think we'll see a hybrid variant anytime soon. It'll be too costly to manufacture and too costly for interested buyers. I do think that a lot of people are disappointed with the power offering of the new Raptor though, and a hybrid setup could alleviate this.
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With all the plans for electrification across automakers, I think that a lot of them are going with modular systems. It should allow them to fairly easily implement a hybrid powertrain on any of their models, without any changes to the original platform.
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With all the plans for electrification across automakers, I think that a lot of them are going with modular systems. It should allow them to fairly easily implement a hybrid powertrain on any of their models, without any changes to the original platform.
It would make a lot of sense even to reduce our carbon foot print because it means more companies can get involved to recycle parts. Easier to do that when the amount of components you're working with are limited. Right now a big issue is the cost and process of recycling.
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I've seen some pretty cool initiatives coming out of Nissan, where they plan to repurpose old EV batteries to give electricity to those in need. I think in order for us to transition towards a truly green society that those sorts of programs need to be mandated by the government.
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Nissan also recently announced that they would be offering refurbished batteries to original Leaf owners, who may been dealing with degraded ones. Its great to see them placing such an emphasis on recycling, as it should help to reduce the amount of pollution generated from rare earth metal extraction.
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