Ford is all about leveraging historical names these days. Another name from the past may get dusted off for the upcoming electric Ford F-150 pickup, which will reportedly be called F-150 Lightning.
Citing an internal Ford document they obtained, Car And Driver reports Ford is planning on using the Lightning name for the EV F-150. Ford is unwilling to confirm or deny the report, but given their recent posture with naming this isn’t a big shocker (pun intended). Historically the F-150 Lightning name was reserved for the occasional street truck spawned during various generations of F-150. The name first launched in 1993.
Naming the battery-electric F-150 the Lightning is not just about the electrifying pun. The revived F-150 Lightning will reportedly offer dual-motors and be the most powerful F-150 on the market. This means it will have to pack over 450 horsepower and achieve a zero to 60 mph time of less than 5.0 seconds. Given what we’re seeing from other powerful EV’s, including the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, that is certainly achievable.
Ford hasn’t commented on the F-150 Lightning’s range, but rumors have speculated it will offer north of 300 miles per charge. The recently-launched Mustang Mach-E has already crested the 300 mile range barrier.
The battery-electric Ford F-150 is slated to hit the market sometime in mid-2022. Both the truck and the battery will be produced at Ford’s Rouge plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Given rival GM already has the Hummer EV pickup coming and has confirmed an electric Chevrolet Silverado, EV’s may be the new pickup truck dog fight.