Ford F-150 Lightning Electric Pickup Truck Leaks Online Ahead Of Debut

Ford F-150-Lightning

Ford F-150 Lightning is expected to have a claimed driving range of at least 500 km and it will compete against GMC Hummer EV

Just over a week ago, Ford officially announced that the electric version of the highly popular F-150 would make its global debut on May 19 and a set of teasers followed. Dubbed the F-150 Lightning, it has greeted us ahead of the premiere through a set of leaked images that appeared from US President Joe Biden’s visit to the Ford River Rouge Complex – an EV factory built with USD 700 million investment, in Michigan.

The electrified pickup truck can be clearly seen behind Biden alongside the regular IC-engined F-150 and a host of old Ford utilitarians. It is no secret that the Ford F-150 Lightning has plenty in common with the standard F-150 on the inside and out. As for the exterior, it gets an upright front fascia with redesigned vertically-positioned headlamps.

A strip of LED lighting bar surrounds the headlamps and grille and it has a wider central opening in the middle portion of the bumper. The heavily chromed-out grille has been opted out for a more modern blackened unit in the F-150 Lightning with a prominent Blue Oval badge grafted in the centre. The squarish outside rearview mirrors and raked windshield look familiar.

Ford F-150-Lightning

The leaked model appears to be a crew cab version and it could have a shorter 1,676 mm bed length as in the regular F-150. The newly designed six-spoke wheels are another highlight in the zero-emission F-150. It is expected to be offered with two electric motors in its standard form and thus sending power to all four wheels.

The American manufacturer’s claims of the F-150 Lightning being quicker off the line and more powerful compared to the IC-engined pickup truck will more likely come true due to the presence of a large battery pack. For reference, the standard F-150 uses a 3.3-litre V6, a 2.7-litre V6, a 3.5-litre V6, a 3.0-litre V6 diesel, and a 3.5-litre hybrid V6 engine.

Ford F-150-Lightning

The electric pickup truck will compete against GMC Hummer EV, upcoming Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T, and the driving range will be at least 500 km in a single charge. Biden drove a prototype version of the Lightning and is said to accelerate from zero to 96 mph in just 4.3-4.4 seconds.