Ford is bringing back the F-150 Lightning as an all-electric pickup

Shawn Knight

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Editor's take: Ford is bringing back one of the most coveted versions of its F-150 pickup truck, this time with an all-electric powertrain. The second-gen Lightning has an undeniable reputation, but perhaps the third time will truly be the charm? We shall see.

Ford was a bit late to the game with its “muscle truck,” the SVT Lightning. The first generation Lightning debuted in 1993, just as the high-performance yet extremely rare GMC Syclone and Typhoon were ending their runs. Ford produced the first-gen model through 1995 before discontinuing it.

The SVT Lightning would return for another run starting with the 1999 year model, this time packing a much more powerful 5.4L supercharged V8. With a few basic bolt-ons, these trucks could run 12-second quarter miles with ease which was pretty quick for the time.

On May 19, Ford will introduce the third-gen F-150 Lightning. Ford isn’t saying a whole lot about the truck just yet, save for the fact that it’ll be quicker than the original Lightning and will “constantly improve” courtesy of over-the-air updates.

We also know that it’ll enter production next spring at the Ford Rogue Electric Vehicle Center. Interested parties can take in the livestream starting at 9:30 p.m. Eastern across a variety of outlets including Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

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Adhmuz

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With a name like "Lightning" it only makes sense for it to get the electric treatment nowadays.
 

p51d007

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Too bad you can't use it as "a truck"...you know, getting it dirty. Trucks, SUV's...about the only super duty they get is avoiding the shopping carts at the mall. ;)
Plus, the recharge time on these things is way too long.
 

QuantumPhysics

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Too bad you can't use it as "a truck"...you know, getting it dirty. Trucks, SUV's...about the only super duty they get is avoiding the shopping carts at the mall. ;)
Plus, the recharge time on these things is way too long.


I don't think you understand EV at all.

They produce far more torque than gas trucks - which are actually worse if you wanna talk about "getting dirty" since air filters clogged robs them of horsepower and torque.

Not to mention DIESEL is best for trucks due to their higher torque at lower RPM - and EV outperforms them while providing easier, lower cost refueling (recharging).

Why don't you actually drive one first?

I've owned the Model X, Model S and I've driven the Mustang EV, ID4 and a few others.