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2023 Ford F-150 Electric Pickup Will Resurrect The Lightning Name

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Just last week, we reported that Ford was considering a new, high-performance Ford F-150 street truck in the vein of the long-departed SVT Lightning. Now, at the very least, it doesn’t look like that model will resurrect the Lightning name, because it’s been reserved for something else – the 2023 Ford F-150 Electric pickup.

We’ve been waiting some time to learn what the 2023 Ford F-150 Electric pickup would officially be called, and now we know. Car & Driver learned that the Blue Oval’s first-ever all-electric F-150 will indeed be called the Lightning thanks to an official Ford document it received from a source, which means that the F-150 Lightning will join the Ford Mustang Mach-E as BEVs bearing beloved nameplates.

Most Ford fans are well-versed on the F-150 Lightning, which lasted two generations – 1993-1995 and 1999-2004. These regular cab, two-wheel-drive pickups were originally powered by Ford’s 351 Windsor V8, and later, its supercharged 5.4L Triton V8. The SVT Lightning certainly wasn’t the first performance pickup, but it is one of the most highly regarded.

Since the Lightning’s demise all those years ago, fans of the pickup have been clamoring for a return. A handful of Ford dealers have obliged by building their own Lightning-inspired F-150s, but it looks like the future of the moniker will center around electric performance.

To date, we’ve spied the F-150 Electric, er, Lightning on more than one occasion – once wearing some aerodynamic wheels and street tires, and later, one with more traditional wheels and off-road-focused rubber. Both prototypes were equipped with a large electric motor present on the rear axle ahead of the spare tire and an independent coil spring rear suspension. We also recently got a good look at the truck’s large infotainment screen.

As we’ve previously reported, the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning will feature some unique design details, including its front fenders, frunk, and various other sheet metal components, as well as unique lighting, particularly in the front end, as we can see in Ford’s previous teaser of the pickup. Regardless, the electric F-150 will still look very much like an F-150. That much is clear from the prototypes we’ve seen so far, which bear a shape and design that’s unmistakeably 14th gen F-150.

Over the last few months, we’ve learned several key details about Ford’s first-ever all-electric F-150, including the fact that it will utilize its own unique battery chemistry. Ford says that the F-150 Lightning will be more powerful than any F-150 available today and provide commercial and personal customers with the lowest expected lifetime total cost of operation among all Ford F-Series trucks.

The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning will be built at the brand new Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Centercurrently under construction in Michigan, and is scheduled to enter production in mid-2022. However, the body and paintwork will still be completed alongside ICE-powered F-150 models at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant.

We’ll have much more on the 2023 F-150 Lightning very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series newsFord F-150 news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Love it! This is exactly what I said they should be doing with this heritage name. Just like the Mach-E, using the Lightening name immediately brings familiarity, credibility, and interest to the the vehicle.

    Hopefully, if they use a skateboard chassis, it can reach the same 0-60 times as a Mach-E GT Performance. That would be SICK!

  2. Just keep butchering great names and making them meaningless. Mustang, Mach and now Lightning. Why not, Ford is working to undermine many things now that there’s a stooge in office, so why not undermine there own heritage.

  3. So this electric and the original was petrol apart from that its going to be the same idea and application to the original concept this is a brilliant move and certainly not butchering great names!

  4. I just wanna know what are we gonna do when these battery’s start going out on all these electric cars.we all know this global warming is B.S.and not all country’s are on board. And how long and what price is every one gonna have to pay to replace battery’s and motors,that’s what i want to know. Is the warranty going to be longer on these e.v.

    • Considering there are many hybrid vehicles and EV’s that have never had batteries replaced, it will be fine. These aren’t the same as the cheap, rechargeable batteries you can buy at Walmart and it’s pretty common for people to not quite understand how they work. Also, just remember, if you as a consumer thought of that question, chances are that the designers thought of it, at least in relation to development.

  5. Why is Ford going to ruin the legacy of the lightning? It was known for its outstanding performance, which the E version would have. But when I hear lightning I don’t only think of performance, I want to hear the roar of the v8. Also the ability to be able to work on your street truck made it more appealing. Be more creative if you want to have an electric line FORD!

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