F-150 Lightning Pro price, Jeep plug-in hybrid lease deal, EV mandate for Uber and Lyft: Today’s Car News

The Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup will start $10,000 higher in its 300-mile form. California wants Uber and Lyft to favor EVs. BMW is switching to some special sustainable tires for one of its plug-in hybrids. And the Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid is quite a deal right now to lease. This and more, here […]

The Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup will start $10,000 higher in its 300-mile form. California wants Uber and Lyft to favor EVs. BMW is switching to some special sustainable tires for one of its plug-in hybrids. And the Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid is quite a deal right now to lease. This and more, here at Green Car Reports. 

This morning Ford revealed more about the F-150 Lightning Pro, its base work-truck version of the Lightning electric truck, starting at $39,974. The version with the extended-range (300-mile) battery costs just $10,000 more—although Ford isn’t expecting many of its fleet customers to need it. 

California has approved its EV mandate for Uber and Lyft, and other large ride-hailing and car-sharing operations. The rules require them to start ramping up their number of electric-vehicle trips, by the mile—and that will surely mean incentivizing EVs through various schemes. 

The BMW X5 plug-in hybrid is getting some next-level sustainable tires—special 22-inch Pirelli P-Zero tires that use natural rubber and wood-based rayon, achieving low rolling resistance while meeting performance requirements. 

And the dynamics of supply and demand can sometimes create some unexpected bargains. One such example: the bargain lease price of $249 a month on the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid. The Wrangler 4xe just started reaching dealerships, and the deal comes despite a base-price premium of roughly $10,000 more than either a non-hybrid Wrangler or the sought-after Toyota RAV4 Prime. With 22 all-electric miles and uncompromised off-road ability, the 4xe is intriguing. 

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