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buying It's Time to Reconsider Buying a Pickup Truck

03:35  07 december  2016
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Workhorse Group renders electric pickup truck for fleet use

  Workhorse Group renders electric pickup truck for fleet use Workhorse's electric pickup is due in 2018.The Workhouse W-15 shares the company's E-Gen electric system, which is used in its medium-duty delivery trucks and will utilize Panasonic's 18650 lithium-ion batteries, as well as a gasoline generator. The chassis features two electric motors, one on each axle, giving the vehicle four-wheel drive for truck-like duties. The pickup is expected to have a range of 80 miles on electric power. Once the battery is depleted, the onboard generator will kick in to recharge the batteries. With the electric motors working in tandem with the generator, the truck has a claimed range of 310 miles.

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I have a friend. We'll call him Prius Man. Prius Man says he needs a truck for his small farming operation upstate. He needs the truck's bed, its hauling capabilities and the ruggedness inherent in American truck design. But Prius Man is used to Prius fuel economy, and can't understand why he should have to suffer 15-mpg consumption for the sake of added hauling capacity.

Welcome to the real world, Prius Man. As Alexander Newton once said, "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." As in, you need to carry more things, so you get a larger vehicle. The sacrifice for size is consumption.

The Thanksgiving Tale of Calvin Brandt’s Red 1933 Ford Pickup

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Prius Man is not alone in his misguided hope that something designed to carry heavy things could be as economical to use as, say, a small vehicle that can fit a few passengers and maybe some groceries. Just ask the nearly 10 million people who bought trucks and SUVs in America last year. Not that they care. Gas prices are low now — so whatever. But when gas prices go up, and they will, we're going to want to adjust our values to suit our needs.

Here's another way to look at Prius Man's struggle: You can carry 50 people in a school bus. You can only carry five in a standard passenger car. The school bus will never get anywhere near the mpg the car gets, so with only a passenger or two aboard it's inefficient. Loaded up with ten times as many passengers though, the big bus is an efficiency dream, despite its thirst.

Current Ram 1500 sticking around into 2019

  Current Ram 1500 sticking around into 2019 So, you know, don't feel like you need to rush out and buy one.That's according to Automotive News, whose sources spoke on condition of anonymity. The move allows Ram to take a two-prong approach to truck sales, offering the current model as a low-cost option for fleet users while pushing retail consumers toward the new pickup. The factories that build the 1500 today – Warren, MI, and Saltillo, Mexico – will assemble around 200,000 trucks in 2018 and 65,000 in 2019 before Ram phases out the older model.


The bottom line is that the larger the vehicle, the more it will weigh. The heavier it is, the more fuel will be required to move it. (Its greater weight will also make it safer in a crash, but that's another issue altogether.) But everyone wants to get the best fuel economy possible, provided the fuel they're using powers a machine that meets their needs. Seriously, even if you're a racecar driver, you still want your vehicle to be as efficient as possible.

So here are a few basic questions you should to ask yourself when you're choosing a vehicle:

1. How many people will you typically carry? Be realistic. There's a difference between the single guy who can occasionally stuff a couple of unhappy friends into the backseat of his Mustang on the way home from a bar and someone who actually has to carry more than one passenger on a regular basis. Don't be the jerk who disregards the spatial needs of the people you're responsible for carrying.

Junkyard Gem: 1978 Toyota Hilux longbed pickup

  Junkyard Gem: 1978 Toyota Hilux longbed pickup Whether hauling a dozen Kalashnikov-wielding fighters in Afghanistan or commuting to work in Albany, these trucks seem to live forever.The second-generation Toyota Hilux pickup (known simply as the "Toyota Truck" in North America) was sold for the 1973 through 1978 model years, and it revolutionized the way Americans looked at small pickups. Sure, you could buy a Datsun pickup, a Ford-badged Mazda pickup, or a Chevrolet-badged Isuzu pickup, but the Toyotas and their seemingly immortal R engines made the competition seem less than serious.

2. What kind of stuff will you be carrying? Again, be honest. Are you really going to cram kayaks, mountain bikes, construction equipment and furniture inside your car, all while towing a boat? Or is that only going to happen once a year? If you're like Prius Man, and will be hauling dirt, seeds, equipment and other messy, heavy things around, maybe a pickup is a good option. But if you're a wishful outdoor enthusiast/builder/boat owner, maybe a Honda Fit is all you need.

3. Where are you going to park it? Are you really going to try to stuff your 19-foot-long pickup into an urban parallel parking spot? Think of all the tickets you'll get when you crowd the hydrant just a little too much. Or maybe you have a garage that isn't long enough to fit a truck. You'll only look macho in the truck until it's time to park, which is when you'll look like a real knob. Then again, if you have plenty of space for parking, it's not an issue!

4. Do you really need ground clearance and four-wheel drive? Where are you going to drive? I've owned four-wheel drive vehicles several times over the past few years, and can count on one hand the number of times I've actually used the capability. Maybe you're the type who actually does go offroading or needs the wet weather performance advantage offered by all-wheel drive. But most of us can drive through almost any sort of weather in a boring old front-wheel drive car. Also, please consider that having four-wheel drive doesn't mean you won't get stuck, it just means you're likely to get stuck much worse.

Drum Up Some Business With A Six-Wheeled Pickup Smart

  Drum Up Some Business With A Six-Wheeled Pickup Smart Pick up some customers today with this one-of-a-kind Smart 6x6.Oh, we can think of the possibilities. It'd be perfect for makers of t-shirt cannons to demonstrate their product. Red Bull has a lock on can-topped Mini Coopers driven by hot-pantsed sorority girls, so instead, why not roll up at frat parties and hand out packets of those energy-boosting pills you get at gas stations at 1 in the morning? Add a hook and chain and run a successful moped-repo business. Run Bacardi Breezers across the Florida-Georgia line while blasting Florida-Georgia Line. (Put a screaming chicken on the hood, if that helps improve things.

5. How much money do you want to spend on fuel every year? To help you give this some serious thought, I've created a comparison. Let's say that you, like Prius Man, have the budget to purchase a 14-year-old used car, and want a pickup for its work capability. If you get a four-wheel drive '02 F-150 equipped with a V8 engine and automatic transmission, for example, the U.S. EPA estimates your annual fuel bill will be $5,250. Spring for the V6, manual transmission model of the same, your fuel cost drops 14 percent, to $4,500. But if Prius Man really only needs a station wagon, and can get by with an '02 Hyundai Santa Fe. EPA puts the annual fuel cost at $2,500 — less than half that of the V8 pickup. The simple truth of the thing is that most of us could be just fine driving the modern-day Model T — a 4-cylinder Toyota Corolla. Now we're talking $1,250 per year. That's how much difference size and weight make.

Take all these things into consideration, they matter, but if you want to go nuts and get something crazy cool we'll be the last to try and stop you. Just keep in mind how often you're going to use advertised features and capabilities before you go out and spend money on them. Miscalculating this complex and highly personalized formula is the equivalent of carrying half a year's worth of clothing on your back when you're only going to be traveling for a few days. You don't want that. Most of the time, less is more.

The Jeep Wrangler Pickup Will Debut in Mid-2018, Trackhawk in 2017

  The Jeep Wrangler Pickup Will Debut in Mid-2018, Trackhawk in 2017 Jeep's most anticipated products are on target.Jeep has now confirmed when we'll actually be seeing both of them.

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