I honestly don't see how they are going to cut a whole lot more out of the lower WT trims to get down to the prices they have said, unless they have an even lower capacity battery than a 350 or 400 mile range.
Currently to get the rebate here in Canada the base price has to be below $60K (~$44K USD). I mean at $30K USD less what will be left? Will it have ABS??? Anyway still holding my reservation for now.
Yep, WT base truck price - smaller battery is one of the keys to hitting $40K price. The BT1 truck platform has three double-height Ultium pack sizes. 16 modules (135 kWh, 400 VDC only), 20 modules (168 kWh, 400 VDC w/ 800VDC charge option) and 24 modules (200+ kWh, same voltage options as 20 modules). 16-module trucks will likely have around 300 miles EPA range. The GM base WT will be an amazing deal compared to Ford, as it will have an extended range Ford F-150 lightning range at a std range Mach-e price, including base Ultium heat recovery heat pump HVAC for better winter cold weather range.
Ford has been hailed for their traditional design + aluminum body and pack case, but GM’s BT1 integral body-frame w/ structural steel pack case creates a stronger, stiffer structure with much-less-expensive stamped steel, with same weight. And GM/LG co-produced Ultium cells, installed in mass-produced modules shared across all GM EV products chop $$ per kWh from pack costs compared to Lightning-specific modules and Ford paying SK for the cells.