Axios PM

An analog clock with only two symbols instead of twelve: the symbols read 'AM' and 'PM'.
January 21, 2022

Good Friday afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 571 words, a 2-minute read.

📲 Just announced: Our inaugural What’s Next Summit, coming in April. Register to join livestream discussions of trends revolutionizing our future.

1 big thing: Plug-in trucks

All-electric Silverado coming in fall of 2023. Photo: Chevrolet

Pickups have become a key pillar of automakers' plans to popularize electric vehicles, Axios energy reporter Ben Geman writes.

  • Pickups are already wildly popular in the U.S., and they're a key moneymaker for the industry. Ford's F-Series pickup was America’s best-selling vehicle in '21 for the 40th straight year.

State of play: Ford announced plans Jan. 4 to nearly double production capacity for the all-electric F-150 Lightning.

Reproduced from IHS Markit. Chart: Axios Visuals

Startups and other established automakers are also getting into the electric pickup market.

  • Rivian began production of the R1T last year.
  • Tesla's Cybertruck has been delayed but is still planned.
  • Toyota and other legacy automakers also plan models.

Between the lines: Transportation is the largest source of U.S. carbon emissions. So moving the pickup market toward models with plugs could help cut that pollution — if the vehicles catch on with a mass audience. 

What we're watching: Commercial fleet customers will be the key to widespread adoption of electric vehicles, Axios transportation correspondent Joann Muller tells me from Detroit.

  • That's why GM will debut an e-Silverado "work truck" early next year — six months before launching a fully loaded version for retail customers.

2. Double pay gap

Data: The Hamilton Project; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

A married female couple will bring home lower wages, on average, than an opposite-gender married couple or a same-gender male couple, writes Axios Markets co-author Emily Peck.

  • The big picture: The gap would be even larger, but 88% of female same-gender married households are dual income, compared to 78% of male-female marriages.

Share this chart.

3. Catch up quick

💉 Booster doses of Pfizer and Moderna were 90% effective at preventing people infected with the Omicron variant from ending up in the hospital, Axios' Erin Doherty writes from CDC data.

  • Why it matters: "There are still millions of people who are eligible for a booster dose and have not yet received one," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a briefing.

📦 The Postal Service has begun shipping at-home rapid COVID tests after millions of orders were placed through a new federal website this week, Reuters reports.

  • The federal government has tens of millions of tests on hand and started sending them yesterday, White House COVID response coordinator Jeffrey Zients told reporters.

4. March for Life

Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

Anti-abortion rights activists rallied in D.C. for the 49th annual March for Life, ahead of tomorrow's Roe v. Wade anniversary, Axios' Shawna Chen reports.

Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Mapped: What abortion access would look like if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

5. 💡 1 life lesson

Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says in her newest book that her mother taught a valuable lesson that's become a daily question:

  • “Whom have I helped today?”
  • Sotomayor tells readers that she remembers seeing her mother — who died last year — helping others, both as a nurse and in the community where she lived in the Bronx, AP reports.

Sotomayor's book, "Just Help! How to Build a Better World" — out Tuesday — challenges kids to also ask how they will help:

  • "I want kids to do this intentionally, to think that this is a requirement of living almost, that trying to figure out how they will make a better world should be a part of the charge of their living."