Set to make a debut at Ford’s May 19th online event from Michigan, the ‘ F-150 Lightning’ will officially be the carmaker’s first-ever electric pickup truck. Named after the Ford F-150, which has noticeably been the bestselling truck in the US for more than 40 years, the new electrified version is a big deal for the brand. The company has said it will spend $22 billion to produce over a dozen electrified models (including EVs and gas-electric hybrids) by 2025.
Providing dozens of ways to tune in across multiple platforms for its mega online event, Ford is expected to go all out with the F-150 Lightning reveal. Apart from the online event which will be streamed live from the automaker’s Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters, the company is also hosting 18 in-person events around the country, including in Times Square and Las Vegas.
According to The Verge, Ford has let a few details about the F-150 Lightning slip, including dual-motor configurations, mobile power generation, “hands-free” driver-assist options, and over-the-air software updates. Ford hasn’t released many details on the F-150 Lightning’s powertrain, but it will have a dual-motor setup providing an all-wheel drive. Ford says the electric F-150 will provide more horsepower and torque and the fastest acceleration of any F-150 currently on the market. The car is expected arrive in mid-2022.