As we reported last year, the first-ever all-electric Ford F-150 is scheduled to enter production in mid-2022 for the 2023 model year. Since then, we’ve learned quite a few key details about the Ford F-150 Electric, spied a number of prototypes testing, and most recently, learned that it will be called the Lightning. Now, FoMoCo has confirmed that latter fact, as well as announced that the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning will be officially revealed on May 19th.
The reveal will take place via a livestream from Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan headquarters scheduled for 9:30 pm EDT. Viewers can catch the reveal on a number of social media platforms, including Ford’s YouTube channel, Twitter, and Facebook page, and even physical locations like Times Square in New York and Las Vegas’ main drag.
The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning prototypes we’ve seen thus far were wearing a variety of wheel and tire combinations, but all were equipped with a large electric motor on the rear axle ahead of the spare tire, an independent coil spring rear suspension, and a large infotainment screen. In addition to these features, the electric F-150 Lightning will also feature some unique design details, though it will still look very much like an F-150.
Ford says that the F-150 Lightning will be more powerful than any F-150 available today and will provide commercial and personal customers with the lowest expected lifetime total cost of operation among all Ford F-Series trucks. As we’ve previously reported, the Lightning will utilize its own unique battery chemistry as well.
“Every so often, a new vehicle comes along 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. “America’s favorite 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 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.”
— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) May 10, 2021
The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning will be built at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, currently under construction in Michigan, though its body and paintwork will still be completed alongside ICE-powered F-150 models at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant.
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