Ford has unveiled what may be the most highly anticipated vehicle in the history of the automotive sector.Click image to enlargeIn a glitzy online extravaganza dubbed by Bill Ford as a “generational celebration,” the company that brought us the pickup truck has introduced the Holy Grail of today’s automotive industry—an electric F-150 pickup truck.

The F-150 Lightning brings innovation to America’s best-selling vehicle, combining power, payload and towing capability that is the hallmark of all Built Ford Tough trucks.

The automaker is taking a major risk electrifying it’s most popular vehicle, and Bill Ford’s introduction noted the truck had to meet a very high standard before it would be released under the F-150 badge.

“Every so often, a new vehicle comes that disrupts the status quo and changes the game … Model T, Mustang, Prius, Model 3. Now comes the F-150 Lightning,” said Ford president and CEO Jim Farley. “North America’s favourite vehicle for nearly half a century is going digital and fully electric. F-150 Lightning can power your home during an outage; it’s even quicker than the original F-150 Lightning performance truck; and it will constantly improve through over-the-air updates.”

The truck starts at just under US$40,000, with no announcement for Canadian pricing.The Ford F-150 Lightning interiorClick image to enlarge

Two battery packs are available, with EPA-estimated ranges of 230 and 300 miles—all models have a dual-motor all-wheel-drive. It connects to your house when it needs to power up but can act as a generator to power your house with available Ford Intelligent Backup Power. And you can monitor your truck’s status from just about anywhere with your phone.

Added Farley: “The truck of the future will be built with quality and a commitment to sustainability by Ford-UAW workers at the Ford Rouge Complex -- the cathedral of American manufacturing and our most advanced plant.”    

Production of the F-150 Lightning begins next spring at the all-new Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, and the company will tease us all with updates sprinkled between now and it’s Spring 2022 release.

 

Ford Lightning electric F-150Click image to enlarge

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