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The Ford F-150 Lightning is now going into pre-production! The first examples are to be used in real world testing. Some other popular news is that Ford has also doubled the production volume of this pickup from 40,000 to 80,000 units a year to keep up with the demand. This has led it also to have to add 450 jobs across 3 Michigan facilities which include the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center who is building the truck. These changes have left the Detroit automaker to invest an additional $250 million to keep up with demand.
The official reveal from Ford is now over! The Electric F-150 Lightning has been announced to come out in 2022 with the base model coming in at a reasonably priced $39,974. While some of the most premium models like the loaded Platinum series are expected to peak in prices close to $90,000, it just shows that Ford is trying to make this vehicle available for everyone due to their variety of trim options. Below we included the official reveal video from Ford as well as all of the details that we know so far:
While the Electric F-150 Lightning is only available as the SuperCrew model with a 5.5-foot box, there are still different trim options to highlight. Ford made it very reasonable to get on the waiting list for these models with only a $100 reservation deposit.
The base version is expected to come out at $42,000 with a $39,974 MSRP while the XLT version is looking to be the mid-level trim option starting out at $55,000 with a $52,974 MSRP. The Base package will mainly be marketed to commercial and fleet buyers, but individual retail buyers can still buy one for personal use. Unfortunately, Ford hasn't revealed any additional details about the base trim at this time and will be revealed more later when they talk more about their fleet options. For the time being, we will list features of only the XLT trim:
From what has been released, it is expected that the Lariat trim will come in just under $60,000. While the Lariat has many of the same options as the XLT, it does come with a few additional features:
The Platinum trim level will start out around the $70,000 mark, but the fully loaded option is rumored to approach the six-figure number at $90,000. Here's what you get for this premium price:
While the standard F-150 comes with a live rear axle, the Electric F-150 Lightning comes equipped with an independent rear suspension setup. With this change as well as having a lower center of gravity, should result in being at the forefront of one of the best handling trucks.
There's is definitely much to be excited about with the official reveal of the different trim options for the Electric F-150 Lightning. We at LMR will continue to update you with the latest news.
May 19th was supposed to be the official reveal, but the cover may have been blown! During President Biden's visit to Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, the Electric F-150 Lightning is clearly shown in the background during his speech. What do you think? Could this be the new Electric F-150 Lightning?
On May 10, 2021, Ford has officially released the teaser for the upcoming All-Electric F-150 Lightning! The official reveal is scheduled to be May 19th at 9:30 PM/ET at their Dearborn, Michigan headquarters. To hype up this major event, Ford is creating many different ways to tune into this reveal as well as hosting many different in-person events around the country (some of which are Las Vegas & Times Square). Check out Ford's teaser video below and we hope you are as excited about the resurrection of the F-150 Lightning as we are!
According to a Ford document given to Car And Driver by a source, Ford's latest electric pickup truck will be called the F-150 Lightning. It was first used on the 1st Gen SVT F-150 Lightning truck, which was offered from 1993-95 and was followed by the 2nd Gen Lightning from 1999-04. Unfortunately, the iconic SVT (Special Vehicle Team) name won't be associated with this model, but it's estimated that the electric Ford F-150 Lightning will be available for purchase in the middle of the year in 2022.
When Car And Driver reached out to Ford, a spokesperson responded by saying "we're excited to introduce the all-electric F-150 very soon, but we don't comment on speculation about future products". When Ford put the Mustang name on the first electric crossover, it attracted a lot of publicity, and now the electric version of its best-selling pickup will bring back an iconic nameplate from V-8–powered street trucks. While we don't know much about the exterior changes, the biggest change we do know is the large light bar that spans the grille. Last year, Ford sold 787,422 F-Series trucks, and the new electric model will compete with other upcoming electric pickups including the GMC Hummer EV Pickup, electric Chevy Silverado, and Tesla Cybertruck. All of these competitors claim to have a range of more than 350 miles so the electric F-150 Lightning will have plenty of competition to live up to.
While no details of the Lightning's powertrain have been released, it has been revealed that it will have a dual-motor setup that provides an all-wheel drive. Ford has stated that this electric F-150 Lightning will come equipped with both more horsepower and torque than any F-150 that is currently on the market. This means that it will have at least more than 450 HP with a 0-60 time in less than 5.0 sec. This is in comparison to the 2nd Gen 2001 SVT Lightning which had a 0-60 time of 5.2 sec with a 13.8 sec. 1/4 mile at 104 mph.
Since the longest-range Mustang Mach-E is EPA-rated at 305 miles of driving range, we expect the F-150 Lightning's battery pack to have more than 300 miles of range. Ford also invented a range extender that could be removed and stored in the truck's cab. The Ford F-150 Lighting and its batteries will be manufactured at Ford's Rouge Center in Dearborn, Michigan, in a new electric vehicle factory. It will appear in the second half of 2022. Stayed tuned with LMR on all of the latest updates!