2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: I Love Irony
September 16, 2010
Here you see our long-term 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor sitting in its designated parking space on P1. We use P1 for the Raptor because P3 (where our test cars normally park) has a low roof, and we don't want the Raptor to bang into it.
Now comes the irony...
This happens to be the exact same parking spot we used for the Mini E during its tenure in our long-term fleet. Did we use P1 for the Mini because it also risked banging into the ceiling on P3? Not quite.
But the all-electric car did need a special high-voltage wall charger, and routing that voltage to P3 was more difficult (and expensive). In fact, that's the Mini E's charger and bright orange cord on the wall, hanging forlornly next to the Raptor. Too bad the truck doesn't have a battery pack we could plug in and charge up to cut its fuel use.
So, same reserved parking spot; two vastly different cars using it for vastly different reasons.
Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large