The first all-electric Ford F-150 has been confirmed and officially carries the name Lightning, with an official release date set for May 19 this year.
Unlike the original 1993-1995 F-150 Lightning which was powered by a huge 5.8-litre V8, and its replacement from 1999-2004 wielding a 5.4-litre V8, this new truck by the same name will drop what arguably made the vehicle so damn good: its engine. It will be entirely electric, and if you watch the teaser Ford has given us, will feature a few very modern touches on top of a standard truck-like design.
The truck, which we expect to be released to the public sometime in 2022, has a light bar that spans the full width of the front bumper, much like the Tesla Cybertruck. And unlike its predecessors, it looks much higher compared to the lowered, sportier look of the original.
During the teaser, we’re treated to the whole family of F-150 trucks, including the original Model T pickup, as the actor tells us that Ford will be drawing from their rich history of innovation to push the model into the future. And just before the truck lights up, she says that Ford will “take electric and turn it into lightning.” That’s a very nice slogan and really made me feel excited about how this vehicle will progress.
Strangely though, this begs the question as to why they began with the Mustang name to kick Ford into the world of EVs. It would have been much better for the brand to begin its electrification with a beloved model such as the Lightning instead of turning the Mustang into something as hated as an SUV.
We have no idea what kind of performance this truck could boast, but if it’s anything similar to the Mustang Mach-e, we’ll be very happy to greet it into the fold.