New electric pickup truck

First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled

The F-150 Lightning is Ford's first all-electric pickup truck.

Ford Motor Company

Ford had a stellar 2021, with new vehicle rollouts and a strong commitment to electrification in the near future. Its newest vehicle is nearly ready for primetime, and today, The Blue Oval announced an expansion of initial production to meet demand. The F-150 Lightning will go on sale soon, and Ford says it is doubling production to 150,000 units in an attempt to meet the extreme interest in the truck.

Ford F-150 LightningFord doubled its production plans in response to heavy demand.Ford Motor Company

Demand for the F-150 Lightning is steep, with almost 200,000 reservations on the books. Ford says it will handle deliveries on a wave-by-wave basis, as reservation holders will receive an email in the coming months with details on converting their reservation into an order for a 2022 model year truck. Those that aren’t lucky enough to slide into the 150,000-unit production run for the first year will have the opportunity to order a 2023 truck when the time comes.

After a year that saw extreme wait times on the Bronco SUV and Mustang Mach-E EV, Ford is anxious to get the F-150 Lightning launched smoothly. To do that, it split off a small team of employees from various functional areas to act as a task force to adapt and expand production. People from manufacturing, strategy, product development, capacity, planning, and purchasing are coming together to help get the electric truck out the door without delay.

Ford F-150 LightningSeveral versions of the truck will be available, starting at just under $53,000.Ford Motor Company

Ford opened the online build and configuration tool for the F-150 today. The base Pro model starts at $39,974 and is a far more basic and stripped-down truck than most mainstream buyers can stomach. The next cheapest model – and the one most people will gravitate toward to start – is the XLT, which starts at $52,974. The Lariat trim starts at $67,474 and the top Platinum trim starts at $90,874. As is the case with Ford’s gas pickups, buyers have several options and packages to choose from, which can bump the price of any trim by a considerable amount.

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2023 Nissan Leaf pricing announced

The Leaf got a mild facelift for 2023.

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Nissan is nearing the release of the Ariya, its first new EV in several years. Even so, the brand hasn't forgotten about its first mass-market EV, the Leaf. It was an early entrant in the space, and has been an efficient, affordable, commuter car for over a decade. The car got a mild facelift for 2023, with updated wheels and exterior styling accents. Today, Nissan announced pricing for the Leaf, which starts at just under $29,000.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf feels lively, despite middling power numbers.Nissan

The base Leaf comes with a 40-kWh battery capable of delivering a 149-mile range. Its 110-kW electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Leaf SV Plus features a 60-kWh battery for a range of 212 miles. It comes with a 160-kW motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Nissan backs all Leaf models with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

ProPilot Assist comes standard for the Leaf SV Plus, and brings a full suite of advanced driver aids that include adaptive cruise control, driver alertness features, and a surround-view monitor. All Leaf models get Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf SV Plus offers up to 212 miles of range.Nissan

The new Leaf starts at $28,895, which includes a $1,095 destination charge. The Leaf SV Plus starts at $36,895. The 2023 Nissan Leaf is on sale now, and may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to receive a state tax credit or other incentives.

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The EQB lands this summer with a not-so-bad starting price.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz is pressing ahead with its electrification goals. Following the release of the EQS flagship electric sedan last year, the automaker is readying the EQB, an electric SUV with up to seven seats. Today, Mercedes announced pricing for the vehicle, and it's surprisingly reasonable. Two trim levels will be offered for the EQB in the United States: Exclusive and Pinnacle, and wecould see an AMG variant at some point down the road.

The EQB comes in two variants, including the EQB 300 and EQB 350, both of which come with all-wheel drive. The EQB 300 offers 225 horsepower and the 350 delivers 288 ponies. Those aren't super-serious numbers and they don't have to be. The EQB competes with vehicles like the Volkswagen ID.4, so mind-blowing performance isn't exactly the goal. Mercedes hasn't given range estimates yet, but they should fall in line with the competition.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQBThe EQB will come in two powertrain variants, each with two trims.Mercedes-Benz

The SUV comes standard with a 10.25-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen. Mercedes includes a good list of standard safety features, including lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and active brake assist. Additionally, the EQB's navigation system routes the vehicle for the best efficiency and can help locate charging stations.

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 starts at $56,800, including a $1,050 destination charge. A range-topping Pinnacle trim is available for $59,350. The EQB 350 starts at $60,350. Mercedes says the SUV will go on sale in summer 2022.

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