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Buy a Hyundai Kona, Ioniq get 250 kilowatt-hours of free Electrify America charging

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq and Kona are on sale now.

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Buyers who add a 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric of Hyundai Ioniq Electric to their driveway get 250 kilowatt-hours of free charging via the Electrify America network. According to the electricity provider, 96 percent of the U.S. population lives within 120 miles of an Electrify America charger.

Customers will be able to access the complimentary charging by utilizing the Electrify America mobile app to locate a station and start a charging session.

"We know EV interest and sales are expanding, nationwide and more people are adding chargers to their homes every day," said Olabisi Boyle, Vice President, Product Planning and Mobility Strategy, Hyundai Motor North America. "Our Kona and Ioniq EV owners are getting additional peace of mind when heading out on longer trips with prepaid access to Electrify America's national fast-charging network. Electrify America's DC fast chargers more than meet the Kona and Ioniq's higher power charging capabilities."

ELDrivers can use their smartphone to take advantage of the offer.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

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Electrify America has more than 2,400 ultra-fast chargers across the country. Stations are located along major routes and in metro areas, strategically placed near shopping, banking and dining amenities. Each station has between three and ten individual DC fast chargers to accommodate multiple vehicles charging at one time. The chargers are capable of providing charging speeds of up to 350 kilowatts.

"Hyundai Kona and Ioniq Electric model owners can count on our ultra-fast charging network to provide convenient and reliable charging where and when they need it," said Wayne Killen, director of automotive and fleet business development at Electrify America. "With more than 500 charging stations in the U.S., Electrify America's network gives EV owners range confidence traveling across town or across the country. Kona and Ioniq owners gain access to our fast-charging network which was rated Number One by umlaut Inc. in Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine in its 2020 "Best-in-Test" award."

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric has a 258-mile all-electric range. It comes with a 7.2-kilowatt on-board charger. Using a 100-kilowatt DC fast charger, the car's 64 kilowatt-hour battery can reach an 80 percent charge in as little as 54 minutes.

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric offers 170 miles of all-electric range.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai's 2021 Ioniq Electric has a 170-mile all-electric range. It has a 38.3-kilowatt-hour battery pack and also comes with a 7.2-kilowatt on-board charger. It too can charge to 80 percent in 54 minutes.

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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled
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Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

Ford F-150 LightningPast meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150 Lightningautomotivemap.com

Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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Ford F-150 Lightning could get tank turn

Ford patented a tank turn feature in late 2020.

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The F-150 Lightning is packed with cool tech and capability, but we're learning that Ford has even bigger plans for its first electric pickup. Inside EVs found an exciting document on the Lightning Owners Forum that shows ford applied to patent a tank turn feature like the one we saw Rivian pull off a few years ago, where the truck spins around a center point using its electric motors. Rivian's tank turn feature still hasn't made it to market, so it's possible that Ford beats them to the punch.

Ford F-150 LightningTank turn allows the truck to spin while almost completely stationary.Ford

Ford applied for the patent in October 2020, but it's just now making its way out. In the document, Ford gives an example of how it could work: "Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to perform a tank turn. An example vehicle includes a first wheel and a second wheel, the first wheel located on an end of a first axle, the second wheel located on an end of the second axle, the end of the first axle opposite to the end of the second axle, a first suspension coupled to the first wheel, a second suspension coupled to the second wheel, and a controller to drive the first axle in a first direction, drive the second axle in the second direction and decrease a first suspension load of the first suspension and a second suspension load of the second suspension."

As Inside EVs points out, Rivian's tank turn feature employs the R1 T's quad-motor setup to drive each wheel individually. The F-150 Lightning doesn't currently have a four-motor choice and instead offers two motors – one on each axle. It's important to note that Rivian patented tank turn and showed that it could work, but there hasn't yet been a production vehicle that offers the capability. Toyota filed a patent in 2019, but again it's just paperwork at this point.

Ford F-150 LightningNo automaker has brought tank turn to production yet.

To achieve the turn, Ford has a few options. The most obvious would be to offer a quad-motor upgrade in future model years. It's unclear if such a feature is in the works or if Ford plans to provide beefier versions of the Lightning, such as a Raptor variant with upgraded motors. The automaker could also design gearing to reverse the wheels on one side while the others drive forward, or it could use braking to lock the wheels and tighten the turning radius.

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