Ford officially launched its F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck today, about 11 months after receiving its first glimpse of what the battery-powered workhorse will look like. “Trucks are rolling off the line today,” Ford CEO Jim Farley said at the event. “We will start with our Pro Series and start Lightning Shipping in the coming days.”
In addition to delivering those first EV trucks, Ford also said in a statement that it was starting “complete production” of electric pickups.
Here’s what to look for and tactics to help ease the way.
Ford says it wants to produce 150,000 of these new electric pickups annually. Farley noted that the size of their factory, called the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan, would have to be doubled. “We’re blowing our butts off to make these more,” he said. “The demand for lightning has literally pushed the walls of this building where we are twice.”
Originally, the company planned to reduce these new rides annually, but said in January that it would increase that number to 150,000, “roughly doubling” their production target.
All told, Farley said that by the end of 2023, Ford will produce 600,000 electric vehicles annually. Ford also manufactures the Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle and the E-Transit van.
4 power outlets
This is the number of power outlets in the front of the car or the front trunk, which is officially called the “mega power franc”. (Here’s how a cardboard box is depicted in that part of the car’s design.) The truck bed will also have five outlets and two cabs. For Frank, it can also carry 400 pounds of goods, be it some very heavy groceries, a bunch of bricks, or whatever you want to carry.
20,000 sheets of plywood
This is the number of pieces of plywood that Farley boasts you can cut with a round saw that has been plugged into the car. While your average person probably won’t cut so many pieces of plywood with a saw attached to their truck, the point is that a 10-kilowatt-vehicle is also a “powerplant, but on wheels,” Farley said.
About 4 seconds
This is the approximate 0-to-60 acceleration time of the pickup. To put it bluntly, Ford’s electric crossover, the “performance version” of the Mach-E GT, will do the same thing in 3.5 seconds, GMC’s new electric Hummer will do it in 3 seconds, a Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae will do it in 2.8 seconds and a Tesla Model S Plaid in about 2 seconds Safety Tip: You don’t have to speed up if you’re not on track, and besides, there are more important aspects of vehicle acceleration than time.
230 – 320 miles
A more practical number for EV owners to consider is the range and this is the range of Lightning’s range, depending on which version you are buying. The least expensive version of the car costs less than $ 40,000. There is a catch, though: they are hard to find. “Due to high demand, the current model year is no longer available for retail orders,” Ford noted in a video.
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Ford is not the only company to make a significant new electron-fueled pickup truck. Others in the category include GMC Hummer EV, 2024 Chevy Silverado EV, and Rivian R1T.
Farley hinted at an extra vehicle in the work, saying the company was “already dumping dirt in Blue Oval City, Tennessee, for another electric pickup truck that is different.” In addition to the F-150s, Ford makes other pickups, such as the Maverick and Ranger.
Watch the event below: