2021 Ford F-150 first drive review: America’s most wanted is now a hybrid

I don’t have any empirical evidence to back this up, but if I had to guess which new-vehicle buyers are the most stubbornly opposed to electrification, I’d wager it’s pickup shoppers. Conversely, with the segment’s emphasis on torque and its seeming indifference to higher curb weights, light-duty trucks stand to benefit from gaining an electric helping hand more than most. While others have tried and largely failed to spark interest in gas-electric trucks, spending a few days driving this 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost has me convinced that this model stands the best chance of converting the masses to the joy of electrons. In fact, it’s the first hybrid pickup I’d buy.

When I say “masses,” I mean it. The F-150 has been America’s best-selling truck for 43 straight years, and the country’s best-selling new vehicle of any type. In fact, the F-Series is one of this nation’s chief economic drivers, reportedly earning more money than every major US sport combined. Ford built 900,000 F-Series trucks last year. Even if hybrid models only make up a modest percentage of total F-150s sold going forward, PowerBoost could single-handedly have a bigger net effect on America’s fossil-fuel consumption than any other vehicle

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Can your second stimulus check be bigger and how much could you get? Here’s what we know now

How do you know how much money your next stimulus check could bring? We can help.


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With 150,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day in the US (based on a seven-day rolling average) and over 11 million known coronavirus cases in the country, a new lockdown is looming across the country and leaders are once again calling to finish the negotiations to solidify a new COVID-19 relief package with a second stimulus check and submit it for a vote in Congress.

“This is an emergency of the highest magnitude,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said, noting the rising case totals and 20 million jobless US workers. 

President-elect Joe Biden’s stimulus plan includes a second stimulus check, but the most recent Republican plan, a tightly focused $500 billion bill, didn’t include direct payments for the American people at all.

If new legislation is passed, the next round of stimulus payments is expected to bring around $1,200 for eligible individuals in most cases, with additional financial assistance for people with dependents. This must happen before we’ll know the final eligibility rules, when stimulus checks could go out and who won’t qualify for more money.

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