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  1. Leasing an F-150 Lightning

    Yes sounds like the traditional lease is more expensive than the balloon finance option. Without Ford giving back the $7500 tax incentive on a lease, I'd opt for the balloon finance option with ZERO down to claim the tax at the end of the year. If the truck is stolen or totalled, on lease or...
  2. Who’s selling their EV, when they get the Lightning?

    Will be keeping my Honda Clarity PHEV due to the excellent no problems reliability plus 10 year battery warranty. Over the 3 years, we have become accustomed to driving with an emphasis on EV miles, this will be the first full on venture into a BEV vehicle. Can't wait for the Lightning order...
  3. Leasing an F-150 Lightning

    Agree with @sotek2345 Ford Options seems like the best of both worlds (lease & buy) - you can still get the tax credit as well as the lower monthly payments with a balloon due at the end (like a lease RV). Since it's a first year, new model, new design vehicle, I typically would lease it see...
  4. Blue Cruise option - who is getting it and what trim levels will it be offered on ?

    I want the XLT trim or even the Pro model, but my daily commutes has me looking at the Blue Cruise option for the bumper to bumper drives 5 days a week. Even driving in the fast lane with a CA HOV carpool exemption sticker, I don't like having to constantly being alert to cars that cut in...
  5. Blue Cruise option - who is getting it and what trim levels will it be offered on ?

    Very helpful info! Looks like I will have to ask the wife if I can get the Lariat trim even though I am happier with the cloth or vinyl seat lower trims....
  6. Blue Cruise option - who is getting it and what trim levels will it be offered on ?

    Read the AutoWeek article on Ford's Blue Cruise self driving option. Who is choosing to get this option ? And what trim levels will this be available on? Ford's BlueCruise is a hands-free driver-assistance system that uses cameras in conjunction with sensors to allow the vehicle to navigate...
  7. Battery pack longevity

    The battery cooling fans spins up only when plugged into the charger. Since I am in hot temps 10 months out of year, the battery fan goes on while parked outside or inside the garage. I am sure the Lightning will have a cooling system as well. Hoping the battery warranty in CA is extended to...
  8. Alex On Autos F-150 Lightning Review from Ford Event

    Cold weather has many detrimental effects on the range as I have been driving a 17kWh PHEV for 3 years now. Cold weather causes battery chemistry to decrease capacity and use of climate controls (heating) uses up a huge amount of energy. Also with colder months, seat heaters and headlights...
  9. Heads up....Ford's EV Chief(Darren Palmer) on Inside EVs Podcast 9/17/21 @930a

    Good video to hear about the Ford lineup for EV. Looking forward more to the new Lightning. Can't wait to drive it in the carpool lanes of Southern California freeways ALONE !
  10. Battery pack longevity

    Not harmful at all - the battery is designed to take on the heat. My Clarity PHEV 3 years now - is parked outside all day long on 100+ temps (southern California) and I hear the battery cooling fan operating all the time....
  11. Battery pack longevity

    Excellent news! Thanks for that - Ford Credit Options - is that a balloon lease program like BMW Select/Choice ? When I leased my Honda Clarity PHEV, Honda Financial passed along the $7500 fed tax credit along with a bonus $3000 ($10,500) that lowered my net cap cost and thus monthly lease of...
  12. Choosing your dealer

    Good list - thanks for asking around! Mine is with Ken Grody Ford in Orange, CA - they seem to be straight shooters... But it's nice to hear Autonation is an option....
  13. Battery pack longevity

    Agree on leasing a first year model - especially a new gen EV. I leased the first year 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV with a 50 mile range on EV and love it. So much that I am buying her out after lease end - keeping her at least 7 more years (total battery warranty is 10 years). As for the Lightning...
  14. F-150 Lightning Pre-Production Officially Begins at Ford's Rouge EV Center After 150k Reservations!

    I would be happy with a Pro SR trim because all I care about is getting that CA HOV sticker for solo carpool rides like my current Honda Clarity... It would be nice to see the $7500 federal tax credit along with the California's CVRP and CCFR rebates on top of all that...
  15. Alex On Autos F-150 Lightning Review from Ford Event

    Ah winter months and people complaining about the range is 100% certain. I drive a PHEV and my range does not vary (southern California); but others in the colder parts of the US, reports loss of up to 50% of range on their EV drive. Using climate control (cabin heater) drains the most from...
  16. Alex On Autos F-150 Lightning Review from Ford Event

    Love the video - Alex does a great job with all the vehicle reviews. I'm now liking the Pro model after watching the video. May skip on the XLT trim if I can get the standard range Pro. Mostly looking to get the CA HOV sticker on my daily commute.
  17. Less expensive, code-approved way to add Lightning's home backup power capability

    Being in the hot Southwest all year, without the risk of any freezing, I am also curious about the Ford EV backup. Until I know more about the inverter & costs needed for the house, I will be ultra rustic and use 120V 10ga extension cords w/ grounds & GFCI outlets for the essential stuff...
  18. Ford F-150 Lightning realistic delivery dates

    +2 I am so unhappy with the black interior and hot leather surfaces being in Southern California. I prefer a light cloth color interior to avoid getting burned each time I sit in a car's hot seats... My latest cars have had tan / oyster interiors with cloth seating surfaces and much happier!
  19. Ford F-150 Lightning realistic delivery dates

    I see what you mean about the illusion of "custom orders" due to the fact that putting a true custom order may delay the production line or cost more due to individualization. Agree that a certain limited pre-configured packages will become the norm like other car manufacturers. Like a Premium...
  20. Ford F-150 Lightning realistic delivery dates

    This is very plausible. Pro models will be built for fleet / commercial customers who buy in volume; while retail customers will be pushed into the XLT and up models. I am wondering if a pre-reserved customer will be able to custom build their truck or be stuck with whatever is incoming ? I...
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