The All-Electric F-150 Lightning
Ford has confirmed the upcoming all-electric pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning. Personally, I think the name Lightning is perfect for this electric pickup. Rumor has it that the F-150 will go into production in the middle of 2022. Ford said the F-150 Lightning will be the highest performing pickup truck produced yet. Figuring out the range and capabilities seems to be where most electric vehicle brands are getting stumped. It’s hard to compete against the long ranges you get in a gas or diesel vehicle. Since the Mach-E’s range is rated at 305 miles I would expect the F-150 Lightning to be longer. It will be interesting to see the farthest range this electric pickup can go. Let’s not forget to mention charging times.
The CEO, Mr. Jim Farley, stays the Lightning will be able to power homes. We already know the Hybrid F-150 can do this to a certain extent. This capability is great for those who work on job sites all day and also when working on a project outdoors and your longest extension cord is running across the yard. The F-150 Lightning will be an all-wheel-drive pickup truck thanks to its dual motors. Ford states it will accelerate quicker than a V-8, it’d be nice to see a side-by-side comparison just for fun. At the reveal, I’m hoping to see cool things the Lightning is capable of. Ford actually tested one of their first EV F-150’s by pulling a 1 million pound train. The video looked super cool but the way engineering works, there is less friction on the railroad compared to regular tires. You don’t need too much torque to do that. It’s still impressive though. The F-150 Lightning will look similar to Ford’s gas F-150 except it has a light bar that runs the full length of the grille. It’ll look like lightning from how bright it is, so prepare yourself for when one of these bad boys pulls up behind you. It will feature Lightning badging on the side panel so everyone knows what type of truck your driving because let’s be honest, you’re going to want everyone to know. The interior should be spacious with a large 12.0-inch screen and a digital gauge cluster.
Ford is actually in the process of building an all-new factory to manufacture the F-150 Lightning. It will be conveniently located right next door to the F-150 facility in Michigan. If Ford can pull this off, which I think they can, they will be the first to produce and sell an all-electric pickup truck. I have my speculations as to when it will be available. Ford is claiming they will get this vehicle out quickly, but that’s not the first time we’ve heard that. The F-150 Lightning will go against the new GMC Hummer, Rivian R1T, and a few others. The thrilling race of the Lightning begins.
The future of motor vehicles is on the decline while electric vehicles rise to the occasion. I love to see brands, big and small, innovating towards tomorrow. Ford will be officially unveiling the F-150 Lightning on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 9:30 PM EST.