Ford F-150 Lightning: Biden Gives the World Our First Look at Ford's Electric Truck

The president came to Detroit to talk about the future, and Ford got its new truck into the shot.

dearborn, mi may 18, 2021    president joe biden spoke today at the rouge electric vehicle center in dearborn, mich, manufacturing home of the all new, all electric ford f 150 lightning that goes on sale in mid 2022 the f 150 lightning will be officially revealed wednesday, may 19, 2021, at 930 pm edt photo by sam varnhagen
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Ford is reviving the F-150 Lightning name, but instead of the high-performance V8 of yore, the new F-150 Lightning moniker will grace Ford's all-new, all-electric version of its full-size pickup due to arrive next year. We can now show you what it's going to look like, a bit earlier than anticipated.

dearborn, mi may 18, 2021    president joe biden spoke today at the rouge electric vehicle center in dearborn, mich, manufacturing home of the all new, all electric ford f 150 lightning that goes on sale in mid 2022 the f 150 lightning will be officially revealed wednesday, may 19, 2021, at 930 pm edt photo by sam varnhagen
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President Biden was in Dearborn visiting the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. And Ford, not missing the high-profile opportunity, placed the new F-150 Lightning electric truck in the backdrop of the president's speech. Ford's official F-150 Lightning reveal on its YouTube channel is scheduled for 9:30 pm ET on May 19.

Measuring by sheer scale, the F-150 Lightning may end up being the most important EV released to date. The F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for nearly 40 years. And the F-Series alone generates $42 billion in yearly revenue, around as much as McDonalds and Netflix — combined.

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Ford has not confirmed many F-150 Lightning details yet — at least that we can share with you. But Ford CEO Jim Farley has compared the new truck to game-changers like the Model T and the Mustang in the Ford realm and the Prius and Model 3 for efficiency. Ford has noted that the new truck will be quicker than the original F-150 Lightning, be capable of powering a home during an outage and be capable of over-the-air software updates. Ford also told the president the battery pack weighs 1,800 pounds.

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