Wedding guests used a Ford F-150 hybrid truck as a generator after a power outage temporarily stopped the party

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Two married Ford engineers restored power to a wedding during a power outage using their Ford F-150 hybrid pickup truck.

  • Two married Ford engineers used their Ford F-150 hybrid truck as a generator at an August wedding.
  • Harish Thiruvengadam and Swetha Shailendra joined their EV to the venue’s light and sound systems.
  • The bride told The Detroit Free Press that the trick let the party continue “until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m.”
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A couple saved a Michigan wedding reception during a power outage by plugging the lights and music speakers into their Ford F-150 hybrid pickup truck.

Harish Thiruvengadam and Swetha Shailendra, two married Ford engineers, stepped in to save the party when the power cut out at the August 11 wedding at around 10 p.m., The Detroit Free Press first reported.

Stormy weather had already delayed the Farmington Hills reception by nearly two hours, according to the report.

“The groom was ready to call it a night. There was no other option. Then I remembered the PowerBoost,” Thiruvengadam, a mechanical engineer at Ford, told The Detroit Free Press. “I backed the truck up onto the lawn, took the cords, and stretched them across the lawn.”

Shailendra works as an advanced connected vehicle engineer at Ford, per the report.

Thiruvengadam plugged multiple cables for the outdoor lights and sound system into power strips, which he then hooked up to the pickup truck’s outlets. The couple had already used their truck to power some appliances at their home a few days earlier during another blackout, they told the publication.

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Rachna Nanda Kumar, the bride, said the simple hack was “amazing,” and that “everybody was just getting into their groove and, with the help of the F-150, the party lasted until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m.”

Ford CEO Jim Farley said in a tweet Wednesday that he loved “seeing the F-150 save the day,” and shared a video of the moment the pickup truck’s power turned the lights back on at the wedding:

This is not the first time a Ford F-150 hybrid truck has helped restore power during an outage. Randy Jones, another F-150 owner, used the vehicle to power his Texas home during blackout in February. He told Fox Business that he ran the generator for 10- to 12-hours a day over a three-day period, powering a refrigerator, freezer, and TV, as well as other appliances.

The 2021 F-150 hybrid pickup starts at $73,105, and includes a Pro Power Onboard which can turn the vehicle into a generator with a 7.2kW output, according to the automaker’s website.

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A $50,000 camper that turns the Tesla Cybertruck into an RV has hit $80 million in pre-orders –┬ásee inside

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A deployed Cyberlandr.

  • An artificial intelligence and software company is creating camper attachments for Tesla Cybertrucks.
  • Stream It has already seen $80 million in pre-orders for its $50,000 Cyberlandr, its CEO told Insider.
  • See inside the Cyberlandr, which will be produced and delivered in tandem with the Cybertruck.
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Chatter about Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck has subsided since its unveil in late 2019, but that’s not stopping designers from imagining its potential uses.

FILE PHOTO: Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the Cybertruck at the TeslaDesign Studio in Hawthorne, Calif. The cracked window glass occurred during a demonstration on the strength of the glass.Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY/File Photo
Elon Musk and the Cybertruck.

Source: Insider

This includes Lance King, the CEO of Stream It, a software and artificial intelligence company that’s now pivoting to create attachments that can turn Cybertrucks into a pop-up tiny homes on wheels.

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The Cyberlandr.

Yes, you read that right. A tech company is now making pickup truck campers, or “Cyberlandrs.”

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The Cyberlandr.

The production of Tesla’s infamous Cybertruck may have been pushed back from 2021 to 2022, but that’s not stopping Stream It from “ramping everything up,” King told Insider.

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Tesla Cybertruck and Cyberquad.

King first thought of the idea when he was preordering a Cybertruck and realized no existing RV or camper could be compatible with the futuristic truck’s body.

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The Cyberlandr.

“[The RV industry] hasn’t innovated in 50 years,” King said. “They’re not going to get a stroke of genius and create a new RV. And I thought, ‘who could do it?'”

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The Cyberlandr.

It turns out the answer is himself and his Stream It team.

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A deployed Cyberlandr.

“The only company I can think of that could do that is my company,” King said. “We’ve got the software developers, we’ve got the AI, and we’re really creative. We wanted it to be a Tesla-like experience even when you were in a RV.”

the exterior of the Cyberlandr
The Cyberlandr.

According to King, a “true Tesla level RV” needs strong software that’s capable of artificial intelligence and yearly updates, similar to Tesla’s vehicles.

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The Cyberlandr stowed away.

So towards the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the face of potential layoffs, King decided to put his team to work designing the CyberLandr.

a rendering of the kitchen
The Cyberlandr’s kitchen.

Prior to this project, the company had never worked in the RV industry, although many team members enjoy overlanding, camping, and RVing.

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The Cyberlandr mid deployment.

King says this inexperience in the RV industry is a “massive strength.”

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A fully deployed Cyberlandr.

“Tesla would never have been able to reinvent the car had they been in the car business,” King said. “Just being in that changes your field of vision. We think it was necessary to not be in the RV industry to create a truly new and unique product.”

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The entry door.

So far, this investment is paying off.

a rendering of the Cyberlandr in a field.
The Cyberlandr.

The camper was an instant success upon its unveiling in early April.

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The four stages of the Cyberlandr’s deployment.

To prove potential market success, the company’s goal was to have 100 to 200 interested customers within the first month. Instead, it saw 1,000 buyers.

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The Cyberlandr’s living room.

According to King, the Cyberlandr team has already hit over $80 million in preorders, and it’s still seeing daily sales, which Insider confirmed.

a rendering of the bed being deployed
The bed being deployed.

It’s even received a one-word stamp of approval from Elon Musk, who called a video of the Cyberlandr “cool” in early July.

the exterior of the Cyberlandr
The Cyberlandr.

Source: Twitter

The camper’s popularity should come as no surprise.

the exterior of the Cyberlandr
The Cyberlandr.

The Cyberlandr combines two growing trends that have recently flooded the automobile industry: camper vans and electric pickup trucks (especially one as hot as Tesla’s).

a rendering of the back of the cyberlandr on the cybertruck at a soccer game
A deployed Cyberlandr.

Now let’s take a closer look at the tiny home on wheels includes. The approximately $50,000 Cyberlandr has a retractable staircase that leads up to the interior’s living room, bedroom, and bathroom.

a rendering of
The Cyberlandr.

Source: Cyberlandr

The entire unit can tuck away into the Cybetruck’s bed when it’s not in use. Think of it as a pop-top camper.

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The Cyberlandr.

Let’s start in the kitchen, which has all the basic necessities with a tech-forward twist, like a voice-controlled smart faucet, a refrigerator, a porcelain countertop with a hidden cooktop, and a sink with a cutting board and drying rack.

a rendering of
The Cyberlandr’s kitchen.

The living room is right next to the kitchen, and comes with removable seats, voice or phone activated lights and temperature control, and a 32-inch smart television equipped with streaming services like Netflix and Apple TV.

a rendering of its chairs and kitchen surrounded by windows
The interior of the Cyberlandr.

This space can also be used as an office: The television can double as a second monitor, the pivoting tables can be used as desks, and the Cyberlandr’s Starlink satellite dish can provide an internet connection.

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The Cyberlandr’s living room.

The living room also transforms into a bedroom. All you have to do is unfold the seats into a roughly queen-sized bed.

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The bed.

There’s also space under the bed to sleep an additional adult or two children.

a rendering of a deployed Cyberlandr
A fully deployed Cyberlandr.

Other amenities inside the tiny home on wheels include heated floors, an onboard bathroom with a shower, sink, and toilet, and smart glass that can dim for more privacy.

a rendering of the Cyberlandr's bathroom.
The Cyberlandr’s bathroom.

Source: YouTube

To power all of this, the Cyberlandr will use the truck’s battery and its own 500-watt solar panels.

a rendering of the Cyberlandr in the city
The Cyberlandr.

Stream It predicts the 1,200-pound camper will inevitably cut the truck’s range by 5%.

a rendering of the Cyberlandr in a field
The Cyberlandr.

When it’s fully deployed, the truck and its tiny home will likely stand at just under 11 feet tall depending on the final height of the Cybertruck.

a rendering of the cyberlandr next to an outdoor chair in the forest
The Cyberlandr.

Designing a camper based on a vehicle that doesn’t exist yet has its obvious challenges, but King believes the Cybertruck’s design won’t change too much from the original unveil.

a rendering of the Cyberlandr without walls to see the living spaces
The Cyberlandr.

And the team has already created renderings of the camper with exact measurements, allowing the designers to easily change the camper’s dimensions according to the final Cybertruck design.

a rendering of the bed being deployed
The bed.

The campers will eventually be produced near the Cybertruck’s manufacturing site in Texas. This proximity will allow the Cyberlandr team to install the campers onto the Cybertrucks for its customers.

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The Cyberlandr’s bathroom.

Source: CNBC

In the short term, the company will be leasing a manufacturing facility just outside of Austin, Texas. But looking ahead, Stream It plans to create its own facility in the city.

a rendering of the kitchen with a sink, countertop, storage, and television surrounded by windows
The Cyberlandr’s kitchen.

Despite this prep work, King is “really nervous” about the first customers that ordered a Cyberlandr.

a rendering of the back of the cyberlandr on the cybertruck at a soccer game
The removable seats from the Cyberlandr.

The product is wholly dependent on the final Cybertruck specifications, so if Tesla doesn’t share them before the Cybertrucks are shipped out, the team will have to take their own measurements and tweak the designs. This means the first few customers might not have their Cyberlandrs by the time their Cybertrucks are ready.

a rendering of the kitchen with a sink, countertop, storage, and television surrounded by windows
The Cyberlandr’s kitchen.

“We’re ramping up everything to make sure we can respond very quickly to those changes and get them out as soon as possible afterwards,” King said.

a rendering of the kitchen with a sink, countertop, storage, and television surrounded by windows
The Cyberlandr’s kitchen.

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Ford is recalling nearly 800,000 Explorers, as well as its Lincoln Aviator and F-350 Super Duty pickup truck. Find out if your vehicle was impacted.

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  • Ford recalled nearly 800,000 Explorer SUVs that were made between 2013 and 2017 due to crash risk.
  • The company also recalled select 2020 and 2021 Lincoln Aviator and F-350 Super Duty models.
  • Six allegations of injury have been connected to a potential defect in the Ford Explorer.
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Ford issued three safety recalls on Friday, impacting its Explorer, Lincoln Aviator, and F-350 Super Duty pickup truck.

The recall covers over 850,000 vehicles which were identified as having increased risks of crash or fire.

In a press release, Ford said it was recalling nearly 800,000 Ford Explorer models that were made between 2013 and 2017 due to a malfunction that could significantly diminish steering control and increase the probability of a car crash.

Drivers of the SUV that have been impacted by the defect may notice “a clunk noise, unusual handling, or a misaligned rear wheel.” The company said that six allegations of injury have been connected to the issue.

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The majority of the impacted vehicles are in North America and in locations that experience cold weather, high humidity, as well as the use of road salt.

The recall also covers about 35,000 2020 and 2021 models of the Ford F-350 Super Duty that have a 6.7-liter engine. The car models have been identified as at an elevated risk of a crash, though the company said no injuries related to the pickup truck’s potential for a disconnected driveshaft have been reported to date.

Similarly, the 2020 and 2021 Lincoln Aviator’s recall has not been connected to any injuries. Though, Ford is recalling over 40,000 of the cars that are equipped with a 3.0-liter gas engine, due to fire risk caused by the interaction between the A/C pulley and the car’s battery.

Ford will notify customers of the individual recalls by mid-August and dealers will inspect the vehicles for the potential defects.

The vehicles are some of many products that Ford has recalled in the past year. Last month, Ford recalled 1.2 million Explorers for a suspension issue. In May, the car company recalled over 600,000 of the SUVs due to concerns the SUVs roof rail could spontaneously detach.

A few months prior, Ford recalled 2.6 million vehicles due to airbag issues. At the time, the company anticipated the recall would cost about $610 million. A Ford spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

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General Motors has unveiled a new all-electric Hummer SUV to accompany the EV pickup due in the fall

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2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV.

General Motors has doubled up on its electric vehicle (EV) offering with an announcement on Saturday of its second all-electric Hummers.

GM already announced its upcoming EV Hummer pickup, which is scheduled to go on sale this fall – its first model of the American classic in 11 years.

Hummer is the latest brand to jump on the electrification bandwagon, with Volkswagen also gearing up to take on Tesla with its Mission T project.

Herbert Diess, Volkswagen’s CEO, has committed to offering a fully electric vehicle for each of its stable of brands, including Audi, Bentley, and Porsche, by 2025.

Duncan Aldred, global vice president of GMC, said in a statement: “The GMC Hummer EVs were envisioned to be the most capable and compelling electric supertrucks ever.”

Following a similar pricing structure to that of the pickup, the base model SUV comes in at about $80,000. A special Edition 1 launch model – with its “extreme off-road package”- costs $110,595.

Pricing varies based on the range and battery size of the vehicle.

GM said it will produce the highest-priced models in early 2023, with the less expensive versions coming in spring 2024.

Hummer’s EV Edition 1 pickup coming this falls has already sold out. It starts at $112,595.

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Hummer EV Pickup.

The base model SUV’s range is estimated to be around 250 miles to 300-plus miles, depending on the model.

The Hummer EV SUV debuted during an ad narrated by NBA star LeBron James during the NCAA’s Final Four game between the Baylor Bears and Houston Cougars on CBS.

FILE PHOTO: Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the Cybertruck at the TeslaDesign Studio in Hawthorne, Calif. The cracked window glass occurred during a demonstration on the strength of the glass.Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY/File Photo
Elon Musk with his Tesla Cybertruck.

These latest Hummer models will be competing against several other vehicles, including Tesla’s ‘Cybertruck‘, a futuristic-looking EV pickup that joins the roster of the company’s sports cars. The Cybertruck made headlines at its launch after its “armour glass” windows shattered twice during CEO Elon Musk’s presentation.

CEO Elon Musk unveiled the $39,900 truck in Los Angeles in November 2019.

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