plans to electrify their trusted line of pickup trucks are well underway. The automaker has dropped bits of info for a few years already, and recently, they announced the name of their electric pickup—the F-150 Lightning.
Car and Driver says the Lightning won’t be alone in the electric truck market when it arrives in 2022. GMC will soon launch their electric Hummer and new brand Rivian plans to release their R1T in June. But without the popular "
" name to work with, Ford’s competitors will have to fight an uphill battle.
Ford’s F-150 Lighting: the details
Ford will offer four versions of the F-150 Lightning: the Pro, the XLT, the Lariat, and the Platinum. Two electric motors and all-wheel drive come standard with all models. No matter the trim level you choose, you can pick between two battery packs.
The Standard Range battery pack offers 230 miles of range while, for an extra $10,000, the Extended Range offers 300 miles. Each trim level upgrade offers new luxuries, interior upholstery, and technology, but the guts of the truck remain the same.
, the automaker’s F-Series have been the best-selling vehicles in America every year since 1981. Not the best-selling trucks—the best-selling vehicles.
That brand power could completely change the EV landscape, but Ford isn’t relying on name alone to convince consumers to switch to electric. The Lightning actually has more power and torque than its gas-powered counterpart.
If Ford continues to sell trucks at the rate it’s done for the past four decades, it could easily surpass the current EV sales of its competitors. Only 1% of regular F-150 sales would outsell about half of the current EV market.
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