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Joe Biden Takes Ford F-150 Lightning Test Drive During His Plant Tour

As we prepare for the official reveal of the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning taking place tomorrow, May 19th, at 9:30 pm EDT, we’ve already gotten a very good look at the all-electric Ford F-150 during President Joe Biden’s speech at the new Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. Biden was on hand to talk about the new pickup, as well as pitch his proposed $174 million dollar EV plan. But while he was in Dearborn, Biden also got to take a little F-150 Lightning test drive.

We know this because Ford North America Product Communications Manager Mike Levine posted a couple of pictures of the Biden’s F-150 Lightning test drive on Twitter, also teasing that the full story of the little cruise will be told during the truck’s reveal tomorrow night. Of course, the truck that Biden drove was a prototype, not the model we saw sitting inside the plant uncovered. In a video of the drive posted by Michael Martinez of Automotive News, Biden noted that the truck goes from “0-60 in about 4.3 [seconds].”

As most already know, Biden is a self-proclaimed “car guy” himself, one that already owns a C2 Corvette that he wasn’t allowed to drive much during his time as Vice President. Biden also teased about the possibility of an all-electric Corvette last year, which caused a bit of a stir in the automotive world.

Over the last several months, we’ve learned a lot about the Ford F-150 Lightning, aside from the way it looks. Ford has said that its EV pickup will be the most powerful F-150 ever, thanks to a pair of electric motors. The Lightning also features an independent coil spring rear suspension, unique battery chemistry, multiple infotainment screen options, and an onboard power generator similar to Ford’s Pro Power Onboard feature available on the 2021 Ford F-150.

The 2023 F-150 Lightning will be produced at the new Rough Electric Vehicle complex, though paint and bodywork will be completed alongside ICE-powered F-150 models at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant. The EV pickup is expected to launch in mid-2022 for the 2023 model year.

We’ll have more on the F-150 Lightning soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series newsFord F-150 newsF-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. Gary bruce kempf

    SUPPOSED LIES? Gee a president who is actually trying to do whats good for American jobs instead of having his Suits and Ties MADE IN CHINA!

    1. Mark

      Trump did more for America in 4 years then Biden has done in 47.

      1. Vasily Zaytsev

        Name four of those things. I’ll wait.

  2. Frank McGrath

    Todd wins a free crainialanalectomy.

  3. Explorer ST

    “Reality can be whatever I want” says Todd

  4. Lee

    Y’all need to STOP calling Sleepy Joe the president. The phony, washed-up, brain dead, demented wannabe couldn’t pour p!$$ out of a boot with the directions printed on the heel. He hasn’t accomplished one dang thing in 47 year political ‘career’. He’s put 100,000+ people out of work his first day ‘occupying’ 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is intent on destroying this country so he can hand the deed to the USA over to Xi Jinping.
    God help us.

  5. Mick1

    Run em over Joe is at it again. A Ford plant is moving to Mexico. America last.

  6. Mark L Bedel

    Ahh, smart move Ford…

  7. Mike says..

    Anyway… the story is about the Lightening electric truck….. 4.4 seconds to 60 mph is quick. If this thing has the range, durability and is priced right…. the future will be very good for FORD and its customers. Its too bad about some of you guys though! Clearly many of you used too much bleach and now you’re fried beyond intelligible recognition.

  8. Tom

    Biden endorsing this truck is the kiss of death for it. If I was in the market for a truck, I wouldn’t buy this electric thing now just to spite Biden. Ford sucking up to Biden and the democrat wackos really p**ses me off to the point where I may never buy another Ford product.
    Putting this brain dead individual behind the wheel of anything that rolls should be illegal.

    1. Vasily Zaytsev

      >>>If I was in the market for a truck, I wouldn’t buy this electric thing now just to spite Biden.

      You should probably stop wearing clothes, as well, because Biden does.

      >>>Ford sucking up to Biden and the democrat wackos really p**ses me off to the point where I may never buy another Ford product.

      Good. I don’t want you associated with my company’s products, either.

      1. Tom

        You’ll probably get your wish when my current Lincoln is due for replacement.
        A company that can’t survive without selling F150 pickup trucks should probably not go alienating conservatives.

        1. Bob

          NO one cares about your crazy GQP party affiliations.

        2. Explorer ST

          It says something when you don’t respect the President wanting to see the future of America’s best selling vehicle for the past 40+ years. A vehicle that is the backbone of this country. A piece of the future that will hopefully pave the way and propel us past your favorite country CHINA!

    2. Dave

      So conservatives are so petty that they’ll spite American workers who build this truck and buy something from GM made in Mexico? Wow. Biden derangement syndrome is a pandemic on the right.

      1. Explorer ST

        Sad reality we live in!

  9. Mike

    Way to kill sales before they even start.

  10. Hill

    He’s not even driving. 2 steering wheels in that truck.


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