Ford’splans 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 "
F-150" 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 brand power behind the Ford F-Series
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.
Buying an electric vehicle
It seems that every major automaker is announcing electric options these days. But there’s more to switching to a battery-powered vehicle than price and spec comparisons.
You’ll need to find an electric-car mechanic, install a charger into your garage, and look for the charging stations available in your area. You’ll also want to look into the
tax incentivesand insurance prices for electric cars in your state.
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