Ford reportedly reviving F-150 Lightning for electric powered F-Series pickup

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Ford has reportedly made a decision to use the F-150 Lightning identify for its forthcoming absolutely electrical F-Sequence products because of starting off in 2022. 

The report, originating from Auto and Driver but not confirmed by Ford, cites a Ford doc provided to the publication. 

The F-150 Lightning title was earlier provided to a sequence of high-functionality variations of the F-150, issued from 1993 to 2004, and the use of this pretty electric powered label may possibly not be any extend even by the efficiency benchmarks of that predecessor. At least some variations of the F-150 Lightning are predicted to have a twin-motor all-wheel-generate setup, and Ford explained past September that the electric powered F-150 would have much more horsepower and torque than any F-150 accessible right now. 

So considerably Ford hasn’t supplied any additional hints of what variety of overall performance the F-150 may possibly present, but in 2019 it showed a prototype electric F-150 towing 10 double-decker rail cars and trucks weighing much more than a million pounds a total of 1,000 feet—although it didn’t affirm that this in any way reflected elements or gearing to be supplied to the creation configuration. 

Ford F-Sequence electric truck prototype

The Lightning name was introduced in the 1990s, when Ford set its major 351 Windsor (5.8-liter) V-8 that had at first designed its debut in the 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 into its pickup bestseller. It final made use of on the 1999-2004 F-150, when it used the components a little bit differently, with a handbuilt, specially tuned supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 engine. It was EPA-rated at a put together 14 mpg then, which would total to 13 mpg with today’s conversion factor. 

The F-150 Lightning wouldn’t be the initial effort from the firm to faucet into the company’s overall performance heritage. It follows the rollout in current months of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E—and, because of quickly, the Mach-E GT and GT Performance. 

Ford has previously verified that the electrical F-150, like the Mach-E, will present an “enormous” frunk (front trunk) able of hauling hundreds of lbs .. And it will maintain improving around time by rapidly around-the-air updates.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E frunk with food

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E frunk with food stuff

We really don’t hope the F-150 Lightning to goal for large range figures, and we’ll be astonished if Ford goes a lot past 300 miles of EPA rated array in the model’s leading type. Towing could decimate the range—expect 60% of the truck’s normal array when towing a sizeable load, dependent on ordeals we’ve gathered from EV owners—but studies propose Ford has been mulling the notion of a bed-mounted range-extender. 

Ford has presented a good deal of hints that it’s arranging the electric powered F-150 to be an reasonably priced truck that it can offer you at greater quantity than some alternatives, with Ford CEO Jim Farley indicating in November that Ford’s forthcoming EVs won’t be as “dramatic as a $100,000 retail off-roader”—a jab to the GMC Hummer EV—but that it aims for a larger effect. 

Ford E-Transit and F-150 Electric prototype

Ford E-Transit and F-150 Electric powered prototype

The F-150 Lightning is owing to be powered by batteries and motors assembled in Michigan and shared with the impending E-Transit electric vans. Battery cells by themselves for the F-150 Lightning will not be from overseas they’ll be sourced from a new SK Innovation plant in Ga. 

What other futuristic-sounding or electric-savvy badges badges from the previous ought to return? Our favorites are Electra (Buick), Futura (Ford), Galaxie (Ford), and Javelin (AMC/Stellantis). Are we lacking some? Let us know in your responses under.

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