Ford F-150 Lightning To Debut On May 19; Brand’s First Electric Pickup Truck

Ford F-150 Lightning

In a new teaser video, Ford has revealed its plans of taking the legendary F-150 and turning it into “something revolutionary

The Ford F-150 is not only the best-selling pickup truck in the entire world but is also one of the most capable pickup trucks that Ford has ever produced and that is one of the reasons for its immense popularity, especially in North America. Now, Ford has revealed plans for its first fully electric truck, which will be based on the F-150 itself.

To be called ‘F-150 Lightning’, the pickup truck is all set to make its debut on May 19 at 9:30 PM (EDT). Ford revealed that the revelation will take place at the manufacturer’s world headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, and will be broadcasted across social media platforms as well as 18 high-profile public spaces such as Times Square in New York City and Las Vegas Boulevard.

The ‘Lightning’ name was used by the American manufacturer for street performance trucks in 1990s and early 2000s. While the F-150 Lightning is set to debut later this month, the pickup truck will only go on sale in Spring 2022. Late last year Ford had also revealed its plans to build a $700 million electric truck factory at the Ford River Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan. Of course, his is where the F-150 Lightning will be built.

While Ford hasn’t revealed the exact specifications of the electric pickup truck yet, the manufacturer did let a few details slip, including its dual electric motor setup, mobile power generation, “hands-free” driver-assist options, and OTA software updates.

The electric F-150 doesn’t come as a surprise since a range of manufacturers has revealed plans for electric pickup trucks including GMC with its Hummer EV, Tesla with the Cybertruck as well as Rivian R1T. These are also the vehicles that the upcoming Ford F-150 Lightning will have to put up against.

Ford F-150 Lightning-2

Pricing for the ICE Ford F-150 pickup truck starts from $28,940 in the United States, which translates to about Rs 21.22 lakh in Indian currency. The powertrains on offer include a 290-hp 3.3-liter V6; a 400-hp 5.0-liter V8; a 325-hp twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6; a 400-hp twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6; a 250-hp 3.0-liter diesel V6 as well as a 3.5-litre PowerBoost full-hybrid V6 engine with 430 horsepower.