One of Ford's best-selling pick-up trucks is finally ready to enter into the world of EVs with an all-new version dubbed F-150 Lightning!
Come 19th May, Ford will add yet another one of its iconic products to its new-age EV line-up. After the Mustang's transformation into the electric Mach-E, the F-150 pick-up is set to be born in a new EV avatar and will be called the F-150 Lightning. In Ford's official release, the inspiration behind the name has only been mentioned as 'the original F-150 Lightning performance truck.' It turns out the performance truck mentioned here refers to the F-150's 5.8-litre V8 SVT-badged performance version from the early 90s. And Ford claims that the electric F-150 Lightning will be quicker than its V8 SVT ancestor.
The specs are not out yet, so we can only speculate at the moment about the kind of powertrain the F-150 Lightning will harbour. For now, though, Ford has revealed that the F-150 Lightning will offer an energy discharge feature. In short, the truck can double up as a power source and even power an entire house. This is similar to the Vehicle-To-Load (V2L) feature offered by Hyundai's new E-GMP architecture.
Ford's F-Series of trucks will go down in history as one of the best-selling product families of all time, both in the US and across the globe. Since the Series' debut in the States in 1948, Ford has sold over 27 million F-Series trucks in the US alone. And according to the 2018 sales figures, Ford sold one F-Series pick-up every 29.3 seconds, which translates into over 20,000 units per week.
However, will the F-150 Lightning be able to achieve similar commercial success? Only time will tell. Its production is set to begin in Spring 2022.