2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, Ford’s Electric Pickup, Strikes May 19

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By Aaron Bragman

Ford has put the internet rumors to rest by officially announcing that its upcoming all-electric full-size pickup truck will indeed be called the F-150 Lightning. The company said it will reveal the name and the full details of the upcoming plug-in battery-powered pickup during a livestream event May 19 from Ford’s World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. 

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The name should be familiar, as this is the third time that Ford will use the Lightning name on an F-150 pickup — but like Ford’s latest Mustang (the 2021 Mustang Mach-E), it’s a totally different animal than ones that have come before it. The previous Lightnings were specialty performance trucks created by the Special Vehicles Team group with hotted-up V-8 engines, single-cab configurations and heavily modified suspensions that turned them into hot rod pickups — something that just doesn’t really exist these days. Ford says that the new all-electric F-150 Lightning will actually be quicker than the original F-150 Lightning that came before it. 

Not much else is yet known about the 2022 F-150 Lightning EV, except that it is likely to differ from all-electric trucks seen from automakers like Tesla and Rivian — Ford’s idea for its trucks seems to be to integrate electrification technology into more useful work-truck type features instead of more lifestyle, prestige features as seen in rivals’ trucks. We’ve already seen this with the hybrid F-150’s  Pro Power Onboard built-in generator system that allows you to do things like power an entire job site’s tools, a camper’s 30-amp air conditioner or most of your house in a weather emergency. Ford has promised that the F-150 Lightning will follow a similar vein, with considerable power, payload and towing capabilities. 

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Ford will steam the debut of the new F-150 Lightning at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time May 19. It will broadcast the debut via more than 30 different outlets, including the company’s Facebook page, its Twitter feed and its YouTube channel. Or look everything up on PickupTrucks.com on the day of for all the information and analysis.

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