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- Jun 7, 2021
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- Upstate NY
- 2022 Lightning Lariat ER, 2021 Mach-e GT
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The issue with "range extenders" is what happens at zero or low battery. People will want to be able to add gas / diesel and keep going. Given you mainly want this when towing, you need a "range extender" that has enough output to tow 10klbs at highway speeds up hills. That is effectively an F150 motor.guess it’s a “hybrid” in some sort if sense, but of course it’s not a “hybrid” of the sort we’ve become accustomed to thinking of when we think of”hybrid” vehicles. I think more the jargon is a “range-extender,” like on the BMWi3, which includes a gasoline engine only used to charge the batteries, not connected to the wheels.
im no expert, but I *think* that’s the distinction between a true “hybrid” and a “range-extender”: the former can use and switch to a gas engine to move the wheels, whereas the later uses a gas engine only to charge the batteries.
unlike the BMW i3, I think a full-sized pickup with the right “range extender” set-up could be a category-winning option. Say (hypothetically), a pickup with 500mi battery range around town could ALSO have a 300 mi towing range if and only when utilizing a tool-box sized “range-extending” option located in the bed of the truck.
With the RAM, everything is fake news and conjecture, except that Dodge has said the Ram BEV would offer “onboard power” and a “paradigm breaker” technology. Conjecture from there wonders if it’s a “range extender”
The BMW i3 had this issue - the extender didn't have enough output to move the car uphill on the highway.