You know the future is going electric when Ford releases an all-electric version of the iconic F-150. And as you can see from the photos, Ford has created a design that lives up to the moment, with a striking light bar that outlines the top of the front grille and connects the headlights, giving the new truck a distinctive and powerful look that’s worthy of an F-150. But overall the truck still looks very much like an F-150 so it’s fits nicely into the truck lineup.
The Lightning is expected to go on sale in the spring of 2022, with two battery packs available, targeting EPA-estimated ranges of 230 and 300 miles. All models will feature dual-motor all-wheel-drive. The powertrain setup is rated at 426 horsepower with the smaller pack and 563 horsepower with the larger pack. Both options offer 775 pound-feet of torque, and is expected to reach 60 mph in the mid-4.0-second range with the larger pack.
“For both Ford and the American auto industry, F-150 Lightning represents a defining moment as we progress toward a zero-emissions, digitally connected future,” said Bill Ford, executive chair, Ford Motor Company. “F-Series is America’s best-selling truck for 44 years, the backbone of work across the country, and a trusted icon for generations of customers. Now we are revolutionizing it for a new generation.” The F-150 Lightning will be built at a new high-tech factory using sustainable manufacturing practices at Ford’s storied Rouge complex in Dearborn.
The interior will be very similar to current F-150 models but will feature a much larger touch screen as you can see in the photo below. The front trunk features a volume of 14 cubic feet and can hold 400 pounds of cargo. It also provides four electrical outlets and two USB ports, along with a basin in the floor with a drain that can be used to store food and drinks.
Based on this release, it appears that Ford has hit it out of the park with the F-150 Lightning. We’ll know more once test models come out, but initial impressions are very positive.