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Ford and Lincoln cancel Rivian-powered electric vehicle due to the pandemic

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Probably going to be a very expensive vehicle which would be a hard sell in a depressed market.
 

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That’s too bad. :(
 

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A different way of stating the story: Ford is lacking sufficient "free" funds to further develop another vehicle platform which may not provide sufficient sales cash flow?
 

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Could also be Ford wanted to go in one direction and Rivian wanted to go different direction stalemate. But blaming covid 19 is BS.
 

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Could also be Ford wanted to go in one direction and Rivian wanted to go different direction stalemate. But blaming covid 19 is BS.
I do not believe this is accurate as Ford is planning a future EV venture with Rivian. Rivian has shown off a cross-over prototype that will be developed in the future (2023?).

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Somehow it looks like a kid's toy to me.
 

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500 HP with 4WD is more than a kids toy.
 

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Obviously I was talking only about appearance.
 

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Somehow it looks like a kid's toy to me.
It kinda does look like an RC car. But a cool one! I like the look. Aggressive, but functional too.
 

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I really like the clearance for a sport CUV with off-road capability. With under 6” clearance, the Mach E is not an off-roader’s choice without major mods.
 

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I really like the clearance for a sport CUV with off-road capability. With under 6” clearance, the Mach E is not an off-roader’s choice without major mods.

I'm not looking to buy the Mach E for off roading anyway
 

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I really like the clearance for a sport CUV with off-road capability. With under 6” clearance, the Mach E is not an off-roader’s choice without major mods.
My thought is less off-road and more on-road with snow. That low ground clearance is a significant disappointment to me. A few more inches would be much more preferable. And also would have raised the driver seat up more which I would have loved.

But I guess that depends on if one's tastes are more for the sports car or more for the SUV (actually CUV) that the Mach-e tried to bridge. I'd have preferred more toward the latter. Heck, one of the big advantages of the batteries in the floor is low center of gravity, so it seems like they could have easily raised it all up 2 more inches.
 

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Maybe what you want is the iPace. The variable suspension goes from about 5-1/2 to 8-1/2 inches.

I can see why Ford didn’t raise the Mach E. More clearance reduces efficiency and sports car handling. Variable suspensions add cost, weight, and complexity. Of course the iPace starts at ~$70k, too.
 

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Maybe what you want is the iPace. The variable suspension goes from about 5-1/2 to 8-1/2 inches.

I can see why Ford didn’t raise the Mach E. More clearance reduces efficiency and sports car handling. Variable suspensions add cost, weight, and complexity. Of course the iPace starts at ~$70k, too.
Yeah, no way on the i-Pace. Just checked inventory around here and they're all $80k+. Even with tax credits that's not even close to what I'm willing to spend.

I wouldn't think they would need to make the suspension any different, but yeah, I think they just went more for the sports car look and handling. Although I betcha with the battery in the floor, the handling would have still been pretty darn good with it all sitting 2" higher. But that would have pushed it even further away from "Mustang" though and more toward "Escape", and they didn't seem to want that.
 



 










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