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The Triton Model H is an all-electric behemoth

Triton has debuted the Model H, an all-electric SUV.

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It has all the classic hallmarks of elegant people hauler: long swaths of darkened out windows, a commanding grille, chrome piping the length of the body, and unique features that push the envelope. The Triton Model H is the all-electric SUV that will have your eyes wide open.

The Triton H has a 130-inch wheelbase, which is the same size as a 2020 Chevrolet Suburban. For 2021, the Suburban upped its wheelbase to 134.1 as part of a generational change. It also has the same exterior dimensions as the 2020 Suburban: 224" (L) x 81" (W) x 74" (H).

Triton Model HThe SUV has dimensions that are the same as the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban.Photo courtesy of Triton

The eight-seater SUV has a 200-cubic foot cargo capacity, that's 55.3 cubic feet more than the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban's 144.7. That's enough space for 11 Yeti 65 coolers and a few lawn chairs or a Renault Twizy and an average sized casket.

The vehicle will be sold in two grades: Standard and Performance. Triton says that the SUV yields 1,500 horsepower in its Performance grade and 1,000 horsepower is standard. Power comes from its four wheels and can get from zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.

Triton says that the Performance version fo the SUV will run on a 200-kilowatt-hour battery pack and have 700 miles of range while the Standard model gets a 150-kilowatt-hour battery and 500 miles of range. That's... a lot considering the size of the vehicle. The revised tiny and aerodynamic Tesla Roadster is said to have a 620-mile range while the forthcoming Volkswagen ID.3 is said to get 340 miles out of a full charge.

The Model H will undoubtedly be far heavier than the Roadster and ID.3. However, to be fair, we still don't know the exact range of the forthcoming GMC Hummer EV, which could rival the Model H and is likely to beat it to market.

Triton Model HTechnology is the focus of the SUV's cabin.Photo courtesy of Triton

The listed towing capacity is 15.400 pounds or 26,000 pounds, depending on the model. Company resources profess that the Model H has a curb weight of 5.300 pounds, which is less than the 2020 Suburban, which doesn't have a battery pack. Autoblog reports that the weight of the model is actually 7,700 pounds, which seems more in line with the equipment the company has divulged.

Inside, the cabin of the Model H seems luxurious enough. It's clear from images presented by the company that the design phase is still ongoing but that technology, though present in the back seats, does not take a back seat.

Triton says that they back every Model H with a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty.

Triton Model HTriton says that the SUV comfortably seats eight in luxury level accommodations.Photo courtesy of Triton

Autoblog reports that the base model starts at $140,000 while the Performance SUV Strats around $180,000. According to the privately held company's owner, those who order early will get the Performance setup for the price of a Model H Standard.

Triton, a division of Triton Solar, is an electric vehicle company based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia. The SUV is not currently in production, but the company is taking orders and $5,000 deposits. With their deposit, the first 100 customers get a Founder's Edition of the Model H that will have "unique additions to the standard specifications which shall never be manufactured again." The additional $135,000 is expected via a wire transfer within five business days to complete the transaction.

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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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