Ford’s first electric pickup truck will be called the F-150 Lightning
Ford introduced the title of its upcoming electric pickup truck: the F-150 Lightning. The brand new electric automobile is ready to debut on Might nineteenth at an occasion held at the automaker’s Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters. It will additionally be live-streamed.
The Ford F-150 has been the bestselling truck (and automobile) in the US for greater than 40 years, so its imminent electrification is an enormous deal. As such, Ford is treating the reveal as a serious occasion, with dozens of the way to tune in throughout a number of platforms. The corporate can be internet hosting 18 in-person occasions round the nation, together with in Occasions Sq. and Las Vegas.
The Lightning branding had leaked previous to as we speak’s announcement, and as Automobile & Driver famous, it’s a considerably acquainted title for Ford, having appeared on the automaker’s SVT F-150 avenue vans from the early Nineties.
However whereas we’re set to get a more in-depth have a look at the truck in the weeks to return, the F-150 Lightning gained’t truly go on sale till 2022. Ford just lately broke floor on a brand new $700 million manufacturing plant in Michigan the place the F-150 Lightning’s manufacturing line will be constructed.
Ford has let just a few particulars about the F-150 Lightning slip, together with dual-motor configurations, cellular energy era, “hands-free” driver help choices, and over-the-air software program updates. The 2021 F-150 PowerBoost is the firm’s first plug-in hybrid model of the in style F collection, with an EPA-estimated ranking of 25 mpg on the 4×2 fashions.
Like all automakers, Ford is at the moment engaged in a pricey undertaking to spice up its high-tech choices, together with EVs, partial and totally autonomous autos, connected-car companies, and shared autos like electric scooters. The corporate has stated it will spend $22 billion to provide over a dozen electrified fashions (together with EVs and gas-electric hybrids) by 2025.
The electric and hybrid F-150s are only one piece of Ford’s push into electric autos. The Mustang Mach-E electric SUV is at the moment being delivered to the first clients regardless of some early delays. Ford has additionally invested greater than $500 million into electric truck startup Rivian and is working with the firm on an electric automobile for Lincoln. And the firm has additionally entered right into a partnership with Volkswagen that will see the US automaker use the German large’s battery tech in an electric automobile slated for the European market in 2023.
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