Ford Reveals New, All-Electric F-150
The automaker unveiled the new electric F-150 Lightning pickup by surprise during a visit by President Joe Biden.
Ford revealed its new electric F-150 Lightning pickup earlier than planned during a visit with President Joe Biden Tuesday. The reveal took place at the Michigan plant that’s producing the vehicle.
From the people who brought you the best-selling trucks in America: the truck of the future. Tune in for the live reveal of the all-electric #F150Lightning, 5.19 9:30PM ET. #BuiltFordProud pic.twitter.com/LGZvhko24e
— Ford Motor Company (@Ford) May 15, 2021
The new all-electric pickup resembles the automaker’s current F-150 but has unique exterior features. Those include a closed-off grille and light bar across the front of the vehicle that connects its headlights.
Ford executives said the F-150 Lightning will be a true pickup for commercial work. This is unlike expected lifestyle electric pickups such as the GMC Hummer EV or Tesla Cybertruck. Ford expects the pickup to go on sale by mid-next year.
“It is just the best of Ford,” Jim Farley, Ford’s CEO, said last week during the company’s annual shareholders meeting.
Biden toured the facility to promote his agenda for American-made electric vehicles and $2 trillion infrastructure package that includes $174 billion to spur the development and adoption of electric vehicles.
Automakers views pickups as an important way to increase consumer adoption of EVs because they’re the bestselling vehicles in the country. They’re also important to fleet and commercial customers, who industry experts expect to be among the largest purchasers of EVs.