Ford Set to Introduce an all-Electric Pickup Truck
Ford has announced that it will launch a fully electric version of its F150 Pickup by 2022. Electrek reports that Ford originally intended to modify the F150 with a hybrid powertrain by 2022 but has since decided to accelerate efforts to make it a full EV instead.
Earlier this summer Ford showed off a prototype of the vehicle in a video that showed the electric pickup towing 10 double-decker rail freight cars filled with Ford pickups weighing over 1 million pounds. You can watch the video here.
Ford is not the only company looking to electrify the pickup truck market. Tesla has suggested an EV pickup is a key priority and Bollinger is also working on a new model.
The World’s Fastest Car Revealed
The Bugatti Chiron is officially the world’s fastest supercar after a speed test by BBC program Top Gear and Bugatti recorded a top speed of 304.77mph. The test was verified by Germany’s Technical Inspection Association the TÜV and makes the modified Bugatti the first car to break the 300mph barrier.
A team of engineers from Bugatti, Michelin, and chassis company Dallara worked for months on the car – extending the body, adding a roll cage and safety seat and removing the rear airbrake among other modifications.
“Bugatti has once again shown what it’s capable of. With this new record of the Chiron, we enter again uncharted territory. Never before has a series manufacturer reached this high speed,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti.
Waymo heads to Florida to Test Wet Weather Performance
Autonomous vehicle startup Waymo is heading for hurricane season in Florida to see how its cars cope with rainy conditions. As reported by Tech Crunch, the self-driving startup – which is part of the Google-owned Alphabet collection of companies – will use human drivers to test how the cars’ various sensors perform in wet weather. Both models used by the company – the Chrysler Pacificas and Jaguar I-Pace – will be tested in trials to be held in Miami.
Despite being the capital of the Sunshine State, Miami is one of the wettest cities in the US, with an annual average rainfall of 61.9 inches. To date, a lot of Waymo’s testing has taken place in Phoenix, Arizona, where the main concerns were sun damage and dust, so it stands to reason that testing rain performance is the next step in Waymo’s testing journey.
Street Art Truck expected to sell for Millions
A 1988 Volvo FL6 box truck painted by UK-based graffiti artist Banksy is expected to raise up to $2 million at auction later this month. As reported by Car and Driver, the truck will be sold by Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction on September 14th where a host of classic cars and motoring memorabilia will be up for grabs.
Banksy decorated the truck, titled Turbo Zone Truck (Laugh Now But One Day We’ll Be in Charge) in 2000. It was used for years by Turbozone International Circus to transport the company’s productions around Europe and South America. In a statement, Bonhams described the work as “Taking the vehicle of the laborer, the workman, and the blue-collar employee as his blank canvas, the present motorcar and work of art revels in Banksy’s raw and unfiltered wit; a masterclass of the artist’s satirical humor and impressive dexterity with spray paint.”
If the purchase of a semi appeal there are a number of rare classic cars available at the sale, including a 1964 Ferrari 250 GT, a 1955 Rolls Royce Phantom and a 1960 Aston Martin DB4.