Today Ford announced that its upcoming electric truck would be called the F-150 Lightning. Bringing back the popular SVT Lightning name from the 90s for an all-electric pickup truck just makes sense. The new wheels will officially be unveiled on May 19th.
The Ford F-150 has been the bestselling vehicle in the US for over 40 years, so turning one into an all-electric truck is a big move, but expected. That said, the electrified Lightning won’t go on sale until 2022, just in time to take on the Cybertruck and Hummer EV.
We don’t know too much about this new Lightning yet, except that it’ll obviously be electric instead of packing that powerful SVT V8 engine from 1993. However, Ford did state its new electric Lightning will be faster than any of the original models, and that’s exciting.
So far, it sounds like the Ford F-150 Lightning will include at least a dual-motor configuration, all-wheel drive, over 300 miles per charge, hands-free driver-assisted options, and can double as a generator for your home in case of an emergency. Additionally, Ford will integrate friendly over-the-air software updates.
Between the Mustang Mach-E Electric and this new Lightning, Ford is going in head-first on electric vehicles.