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2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Name Confirmed, Reveal Date Announced

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.

2020 Ford F-150 EV

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.”

The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning will be built at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Centercurrently 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.

We’ll be here for the 2023 F-150 Lightning reveal next week, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series newsFord F-150 news, F-150 Lightning news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

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. NCEcoBoost

    So why on earth are they revealing it on May 19 when it won’t even enter production for over another year.? Desperation, probably. Based on the survey FA conducted recently, there isn’t much interest. Maybe in another 12+ months…

    1. Njia

      One word: pre-orders. They revealed the Mach E with nearly as much lead-time as the F-150 Lightning. I would put money on the entire first year capacity being sold out by July 4, which is how it worked with the Mach E (i.e. about 6 weeks for the first year to be sold out).

    2. Alexander

      I don’t know what you are talking about, there was recently an article on Ford Authority that the electric f-150 has more interest than the the EV hummer. Not to mention that seems to be common practice, Tesla debuted the Cybertruck in November of 2019 and it still isn’t in production. Also the Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer have been revealed even though they are well over a year from production.

    3. Jeff

      Well I mean Rivian is doing it with the R1T and they’re making quite a bit from pre orders and GM is just purely stupid for releasing the Lyriq and the Hummer 2-3 years early but I’m sure Ford will make a lot with a “first edition” as they did with the Mach-E and especially with the Bronco and Bronco Sport. I do hope that it has at least 250 miles of range with towing a 5,000lb boat since I often tow my boat long distances and 500 miles without a trailer and I want to start to make the switch to electric because of increasing gas prices and other reasons.

  2. Ford Owner

    The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will begin production in less than one year from today. Alexander, go to GM Authority and read it for yourself.

    As for the F150 Lightning, by the end of 2023 it will out sell all the other electric trucks.


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