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Ford says F-150 Lightning is a truck and an electric power plant

Power out? Ford says electric pickup can run household needs for 3 days


Back in the summer of 2019, Ford shared a video of an electric-powered F-150 prototype pulling more than a million pounds of freight cars along a railroad track. 

Fast forward to the evening of May 19 and Ford’s unveiling of what has become of the further development of that prototype pickup truck by unveiling the new F-150 Lightning and proclaiming “the truck of the future is here.”

Ford claims “The F-150 Lightning is the smartest, most innovative truck Ford has ever built. From near instant torque to intelligent towing, seamless connectivity to software updates, plus power for your home, a power frunk (with no big V8 engine taking up space, there’s lockable storage area under the hood), and a digital screen that’s larger than any currently offered on a full-size truck – F-150 Lightning is a driving and ownership experience unlike any other.”

Production begins in 2022 in Dearborn, Michigan, at a new assembly facility in the historic Rouge complex.

F-150 Lightning
Power out? Ford says the F-150 Lightnig can supply your household needs for up to 3 days | Ford photos

“For both Ford and the American auto industry, F-150 Lightning represents a defining moment as we progress toward a zero-emissions, digitally connected future,” Bill Ford, executive chair of the company that bears his family’s name, is quoted in a news release.” F-Series is America’s best-selling truck for 44 years, the backbone of work across the country, and a trusted icon for generations of customers. Now we are revolutionizing it for a new generation.”

Ford says it is targeting 565 horsepower, 775 pound-feet of torque and a 0-60mph sprint in the mid-4-second range from its electrified truck.as well as 2,000 pounds of payload capacity and 10,000 pounds of towing capability. Maximum range is around 300 miles.

Lightning, Ford says F-150 Lightning is a truck and an electric power plant, ClassicCars.com Journal

But such traditional figures are just the beginning for the truck of the future. Consider available BlueCruise hands-free highway driving, enhanced Pro Power Onboard to provide electricity for camping of the job site, the FordPass app to provide access to charging stations and remote vehicle controls, over-the-air software updates.

Ford says the entry-level version, aimed at commercial use, will start at $39,974 and the mid-series XLT has a base price of $52,974. Those prices are exclusive of any federal or state tax credits, the company added.

“The F-150 Lightning is a massive moment for our Ford team,” Ford president Jim Farley is quoted. “America’s No. 1 auto brand is going zero emissions with America’s favorite vehicle. It’s quicker than a Raptor, with standard 4×4 and independent rear suspension; a power frunk, enough juice to run your house for three days or power an awesome tailgate; and it will forever improve with over-the-air updates. 

“It will be built at the Rouge factory, where Henry Ford changed the world and my grandfather punched in every day. F-150 Lightning represents all that our country can do when we push for progress.”

Lightning, Ford says F-150 Lightning is a truck and an electric power plant, ClassicCars.com Journal

Were not here to make an electric truck for the few,” added Kumar Galhotra, head of Ford’s domestic and international marketing group. “Ford is committed to building one that solves real problems for real people.

“F-150 Lightning delivers everything we’ve said electric vehicles can offer, plus the capability expected from a Built Ford Tough truck – not just near instant torque but powerful towing and hauling customers can depend on.”

For more information, and to reserve an F-150 Lighting with a $100 deposit, see the Lightning website.

Lightning, Ford says F-150 Lightning is a truck and an electric power plant, ClassicCars.com Journal

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. How would you handle a trip cross country, might take a week. How about extended power outages like we get in Florida and Louisiana. Fair weather close to home vehicle.

    • These vehicles right now are just like battery operated power tools. Great for some jobs but terrible for others. I can see people loving this truck for certain uses like camping on the weekends and local construction work. (and of course getting groceries) What would really be great is to put a solar system on it that can unfold when parked and recharge the batteries anyplace you are.

  2. I would have built this as a hybrid like the Ford CMax. 39 mpg. The brakes charge the battery. Towing a camper or trailer with a backhoe sure would limit you miles. I’m sure they will sell some, but hybrid makes more sense to me. That I would buy.

  3. What a joke. Wait for the sticker price. This liberal government will bankrupt more auto manufacturer companies. The batteries cost more than the truck.

  4. EV technology is far less complex than IC technology. The cost of materials and the @50 percent labor saving for this power train should point to a 20K to 35k cost range. The hands free driving option is hmmm stupid at best. Tesla buyers who worship at the feet of Elon aren’t the same people who will sue the smile off Ford’s face when the number of deaths begin to roll up. Net, blatantly over priced and built as a death trap will keep me away from any EV vehicle. FYI today you can go to a mom and pop EV conversion shop, drive away with a similar safe vehicle for 20k. That price should soon drop to the point where you can by a new stripped Ford truck. Convert it. Sell the engine and save 10 grand vs buying the Ford.
    Any takers on a business venture?

  5. It’s WAY too early to be buying an all electric pickup truck. This ‘lemming like’ rush to electrify motor vehicles is ALL (100%) political with no upside for consumers.

    Internal combustion, gasoline powered, engines cost 1/3 of electric power plants and less than 1/4 of the cost to fuel them.

    “A person is smart…people are dumb” !

  6. Where I live we get weeks on end with -20-45 degrees C
    In the winter, what kind of range would I expect for $100k for a 4X4?


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