Ford Announced Another Electric Truck but What Direction Will They Go With It?

Ford hinted at a second electric pickup truck, but we don’t yet know what direction the automaker will take it.
Written by Andrew Kidd
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Hot off the launch of the all-electric
F-150 Lightning
,
Ford
dropped a few hints on an upcoming electric pickup truck. CEO
Jim Farley
has confirmed the rumors in a recent announcement but was short on details about what type of truck it would be.

Some think Ford could be adding an electric compact truck

Farley—who addressed the media during a press event at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Mich. in April—said that the automaker is planning a new electric pickup truck different from the just-launched
F-150 Lightning
. The new truck would be manufactured at Ford’s future Blue Oval City plant in Tennessee.
"I wish we could bring you all down there,” Farley told event attendees. "But we're already pushing dirt down in Blue Oval City in Tennessee for another electric pickup truck that's different than this one."
The Drive
speculates that a light-duty truck partnership with Volkswagen could suggest that Ford is looking to add another compact pickup to the lineup, but the existence of the Maverick seems to preclude this, as it could just electrify that nameplate.
But a new compact pickup truck more akin to the size of the first-generation Ford Ranger or Chevy’s classic S-10 compact pickup would be an exciting prospect for customers—so long as it’s practical. 
But Ford might go bigger, rather than smaller.
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An electric Ford Super Duty?

It’s possible that Ford is going to make its next electric truck even larger and more powerful, if the traditional gas-powered F-150 and its super-sized Super Duty broodmate are any indicator. 
The automaker has stated that a goal for its new Tennessee plant is to expand the lineup of electrified F-Series trucks.
A Super Duty Lightning could have a lot of potential, as its larger footprint would accommodate much more battery capacity. That increased capacity might not directly translate to more range; it could be offset by higher-output motors to attain the 15,000-lb towing capacity of its gas-powered F-250 cousin, for example.
But a larger battery also means the Blue Oval could market the F-Series Super Duty Lightning (which is what we’re calling this unconfirmed hypothetical) as having a more powerful mobile generator functionality than the smaller
F-150 Lightning
.

Is it going to happen?

Who knows. All we know for sure is that Ford currently has plans to make a second electric truck. The thing with plans, however, is that they can change; the company could be waiting to release more details on its latest addition to its electric truck lineup until after the first one proves to be a resounding success.
Given that 2022 models of the F-150 Lightning have already sold out, it’s very likely Ford won’t leave it at that and we’ll see more information about the next electric Ford truck relatively soon—even if it’s fed to us in crumbs.
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