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Ford Will Showcase The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning On May 19 - Are You Ready?

Ford has finally revealed the timeline and also confirmed the electric truck will wear the legendary Lightning moniker

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It’s official. The upcoming electric Ford F-150 will be called F-150 Lightning and it will be revealed on May 19. This the automaker’s second EV, and it has used a legendary moniker in both cases. After slapping the Mach-E with the Mustang badge, Ford has now brought back the performance truck ’Lightning’ badge from the 90s and early 2000s to use it on the electrified truck.

What Do We Already Know About The F-150 Lightning?

There’s not much known about the truck yet, and considering how popular the F-150 is in general, Ford has managed to stay tight-lipped about it successfully.

There are a few things now, however, that we know. Jim Farley, Ford’s President and CEO, noted that the Lightning “can power your home during an outage”, something that came to prominence even during the Texas winter storm earlier this year. In the standard 2021 F-150, you can have it with an Onboard Pro Power generator with two-, 2.4-, and 7.2 kW capacities. It will work differently in the case of the F-150 Lightning, though, using a Vehicle-to-Load kind of functionality as seen in the Hyundai and Kia EVs.

Do You Remember The "OG" Ford F-150 SVT Lightning?
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The other thing noted by the CEO was that the F-150 Lightning will be quicker than the original Lightning. The best 0-60 mph time recorded by the Lightning was in the second half of its second run between 1999 and 2005. Powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8, the ’99 and 2000 model year truck took 6.2 seconds to 60 mph from rest, but the 2001-2004 model took just 5.2 seconds. The top speed was rated at 140 mph, but it was able to clock 147 mph in 2003. This was even recognized by Guinness World Records, which gave it the “World’s Fasted Production Truck" title at that point. So, we can expect sub-five-second 0-60 mph times on this model.

Does The Teaser Reveal Anything About The F-150 Lightning?

Ford Will Showcase The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning On May 19 - Are You Ready?
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Ford has confirmed that the upcoming electric Ford F-150 will be called F-150 Lightning and it will be revealed on May 19.

It’s a “teaser”, so you can’t expect much out of it, but it certainly increased the hype surrounding the truck. Ford has been very good with these pre-launch marketing videos. Even the Bronco, for instance, was hyped sequentially and effectively without it getting tiring or boring.

In the F-150 Lightning’s teaser video, you can see the full-width bar connecting the LED headlights. This was previewed in the past, too, so nothing new here. Other than this, you can see a lot of erstwhile models, like the 1948 F-1, the Model T pickup, and the SVT Lightning amongst others. There are clever quips, like “take the legendary and turn it into something revolutionary”, “take electric and turn it into Lightning”, etc. We could see many such trailers come out at regular intervals teasing the truck.

What Can We Expect From The Ford F-150 Lightning?

Ford Will Showcase The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning On May 19 - Are You Ready?
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The F-150 Lightning will be revealed on May 19 at 2130 ET on 30+ channels, including the company’s Facebook and Twitter pages, its YouTube channel.
Production of the truck will begin in Spring 2022

After that train-pulling stunt back in 2019, the F-150 Lightning has had a lot of hype surrounding it. But, there’s still not a lot known about it at this point Multiple motor options could be in the reckoning along with different towing capacities, battery sizes, performance specs, and of course, range. From what it’s worth, a widespread trim level palette like the internal combustion F-150’s could be offered right from the beginning. It needs to offer at least 400 miles of EPA-estimated range in its best avatar given that it will arrive sometime in 2023 and 400 miles will be average by then. Also, Chevy has already announced the same range for the upcoming electric Silverado.

When Is The Electric F-150 Arriving?

Ford Will Showcase The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning On May 19 - Are You Ready?
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The automaker noted that the Lightning “can power your home during an outage” and will be "even quicker than the original F-150 Lightning performance truck".
This means a sub-five-second 0-60 mph time can be expected
Ford has said that the production of the F-150 Lightning will begin in Spring 2022, so the deliveries could begin in 2023.

Most of the EV manufacturers also begin the deliveries of the higher trims first followed by the lower trims – Tesla with the Cybertruck, GMC with the Hummer EV, and Lucid with the Air, to name a few. So, the same could be the case here, too, with the lower trims coming in 2024, perhaps. But, if Ford plans to sell it as a work truck primarily, then this logic won’t work and the company will have to roll out cheaper, high-demand models first.

Where Will The F-150 Lightning Be Built and How Much Will It Cost?

Everything You Need to Know About the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Electric Pickup
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Rumor has it that Ford has developed a whole new architecture
And it should have a giant frunk too, since the battery back will be stored under the bed or in side\below the frame.

The truck will be built at the Ford’s Rogue Electric Vehicle Center.

There’s no word on the pricing yet, but the company has stated in the past that it won’t sell EVs costing over $100,000. If we go by this, expect the F-150 Lightning to top out around $90,000 before options. Also, don’t wait for an electric Super Duty, because that’s not happening.

Conclusion

Ford Will Showcase The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning On May 19 - Are You Ready?
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Ford has confirmed that the upcoming electric Ford F-150 will be called F-150 Lightning and it will be revealed on May 19.

The F-150 Lightning will be revealed on May 19 at 2130 ET. The live streaming will be available on 30+ channels, including the company’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and of course, on its YouTube channel.

What are you looking forward to the most in the F-150 Lightning - power, performance, towing capacity, or range? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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Ford’s smartest, most innovative truck yet will be all-electric and called F-150 Lightning. The all-new F-150 Lightning will be revealed May 19 at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn and livestreamed for millions to watch.

The F-150 Lightning brings stunning innovation, technologies and capabilities to the F-Series, America’s best-selling vehicle, combined with the power, payload and towing capability that is the hallmark of all Built Ford Tough trucks.

The reveal takes place at 9:30 p.m. EDT, May 19, from Ford World Headquarters and will be broadcast live with 30+ ways to watch across physical and digital destinations, including the Ford Facebook and YouTube channels, Twitter, key national publications as well as 18 impactful out-of-home locations such as Times Square in New York City and Las Vegas Boulevard.

“Every so often, a new vehicle comes along that disrupts the status quo and changes the game … Model T, Mustang, Prius, Model 3. Now comes the F-150 Lightning,” said Ford President and CEO Jim Farley. “America’s favorite vehicle for nearly half a century is going digital and fully electric. F-150 Lightning can power your home during an outage; it’s even quicker than the original F-150 Lightning performance truck; and it will constantly improve through over-the-air updates.”

Added Farley: “The truck of the future will be built with quality and a commitment to sustainability by Ford-UAW workers at the Ford Rouge Complex — the cathedral of American manufacturing and our most advanced plant.”

Production of the F-150 Lightning begins next spring at the all-new Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center.

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