The Ford F-150 has been the bestselling pickup truck in the US for more than 40-years so it’s inevitable for the car manufacturer to have it fitted into the electric platform. The F-150 Lightning major unveiling will be hosted in different locations (live virtually) on May 19th from Ford’s Dearborn Michigan headquarters.
This confirms the earlier leaked prior to today’s announcement, and as Car & Driver noted, it’s a somewhat familiar name for Ford from the 1990s returning in the electric scene today. However, this major event will just make you ultra-hyped until 2022 which the F-150 lightning will go on sale. Ford had just started building its $700 million manufacturing plant in Michigan for the Lightning production line. The company teases with few details on the upcoming electric pickup truck including dual-motor configurations, mobile power generation, driver-assist options, and OTA software updates.
Considering the 2021 F-150 PowerBoost which is Ford’s first plug-in hybrid version of the popular F series, it has an EPA-estimated rating of 25 mpg on the 4×2 models. Seemed this is just the tip of the iceberg when talking about how the company is investing in the future of its fleet, it’s spending around $22 billion for electric platforms, autonomous vehicles, connected-car, and shared vehicles for the coming years.
Take note of Ford and Volkswagen partnership that will see the US automaker use the German giant’s battery tech in an electric car slated for the European market in 2023.