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Ford gets F-150 Lightning electric pickup rolling off assembly lines

Ford gets F-150 Lightning elec...
Ford rolls out the first F-150 Lightning electric pickups
Ford rolls out the first F-150 Lightning electric pickups
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Ford kicks off production of the F-150 Lightning
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Ford kicks off production of the F-150 Lightning
The Rouge Electric Vehicle Center is the first Ford plant without traditional in-floor conveyor lines, instead using robotic Autonomous Guided Vehicles to move F-150 Lightning trucks from workstation to station
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The Rouge Electric Vehicle Center is the first Ford plant without traditional in-floor conveyor lines, instead using robotic Autonomous Guided Vehicles to move F-150 Lightning trucks from workstation to station
Ford says it invested nearly $1 billion in the new Rouge EV center and added 750 jobs
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Ford says it invested nearly $1 billion in the new Rouge EV center and added 750 jobs
Ford employees start building the F-150 Lightning, a critical vehicle for Ford's electrification plans
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Ford employees start building the F-150 Lightning, a critical vehicle for Ford's electrification plans
Each F-150 Lightning is powered by a front/rear motor combination that offers 4WD and between 426 and 563 hp, depending upon battery
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Each F-150 Lightning is powered by a front/rear motor combination that offers 4WD and between 426 and 563 hp, depending upon battery
Ford rolls out the first F-150 Lightning electric pickups
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Ford rolls out the first F-150 Lightning electric pickups
Hundreds of Ford employees spell out "F-150" to celebrate the launch of the Ford F-150 Lightning
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Hundreds of Ford employees spell out "F-150" to celebrate the launch of the Ford F-150 Lightning
Ford celebrates the F-150 Lightning launch, April 26, 2022
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Ford celebrates the F-150 Lightning launch, April 26, 2022
With demand so high, the current model year F-150 Lightning is no longer available for retail order; Ford suggests contacting your local dealer for more information
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With demand so high, the current model year F-150 Lightning is no longer available for retail order; Ford suggests contacting your local dealer for more information
Putting the Ford F-150 and its Mega Power Frunk to use for electric adventure
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Putting the Ford F-150 and its Mega Power Frunk to use for electric adventure
Some April showers as more than 20 Ford F-150 Lightning customers and their friends became the first to test drive the Lightning at Ford’s Dearborn test track on Monday, April 25.
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Some April showers as more than 20 Ford F-150 Lightning customers and their friends became the first to test drive the Lightning at Ford’s Dearborn test track on Monday, April 25.
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America's best-selling vehicle series has officially gone electric. Ford kicked off production of the F-150 Lightning today, becoming the second manufacturer to get an all-electric pickup truck onto American roads, following Rivian. With a starting price just under US$40,000, up to 320 miles (515 km)of range and a best-ever 775 lb-ft (1,051 Nm) of torque, the Lightning promises big things for the hundreds of thousands of eager buyers lined up to place their order, as well as the auto market at large.

The Ford F-Series has been the bestselling truck in the United States for 45 years running, and according to Ford, lags behind only the iPhone as far as American consumer products with the highest revenues between 1977 and 2021. So naturally, the first-ever electric version is a big deal for both Ford and the EV market in general. Ford says it's received 200,000 F-150 Lightning reservations since first revealing the truck in 2020.

The Rouge Electric Vehicle Center is the first Ford plant without traditional in-floor conveyor lines, instead using robotic Autonomous Guided Vehicles to move F-150 Lightning trucks from workstation to station
The Rouge Electric Vehicle Center is the first Ford plant without traditional in-floor conveyor lines, instead using robotic Autonomous Guided Vehicles to move F-150 Lightning trucks from workstation to station

Something of the anti-Cybertruck, the F-150 Lightning packs electric power and its accompanying advantages into the classic dimensions of a standard F-150 with SuperCrew Cab and 5.5-foot bed. It relies on a front/rear pair of fixed-magnet motors wired to buyer's choice of 98-kWh standard or 131-kWh extended-range battery pack.

Ford initially targeted a top range of 300 miles (483 km) with the larger battery, but EPA testing came up in its favor, slapping a higher 320-mile (515-km) official range estimate on the e-pickup. The truck complements that range with up to 563 hp (414 kW), 775 lb-ft (1,051 Nm) of torque, 10,000 lb (4,535 kg) of towing and a 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) sprint time in the mid fours.

Putting the Ford F-150 and its Mega Power Frunk to use for electric adventure
Putting the Ford F-150 and its Mega Power Frunk to use for electric adventure

The Lightning also offers some intriguing benefits that ICE-driven F-150s do not, including the ability to serve as a silent backup residential power source for up to three days and a large "Mega Power Frunk" that doubles as a party cooler. On the downside, payload tops out at 2,000 lb (907 kg), well short of the ICE F-150 models that pack over 3,000 lb (1,360 kg). The question of how hard the truck's range will be hit when fully loaded on payload or towing also remains a considerable concern for buyers looking to move serious weight.

Ford is building the F-150 Lightning at its newly developed Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan, having invested $950 million and 750 new jobs in the ultra-modern EV plant. With Lightning demand running so high that Ford stopped taking orders for the current model year, the Blue Oval is ramping up production with the goal of building 150,000 units per year by 2023. It intends to deliver more than two million electric vehicles – roughly a third of its global volume – annually by 2026 before pushing EVs up to half its volume by 2030.

Ford is fond of advertising the sub-$40K F-150 Lightning base price (before government incentives), but that Pro model is only for fleet customers. Regular truck-drivin' Joes will have to dig farther into their bank accounts or future earnings, laying down $54,769 for a standard-range XLT, after destination fee, before government incentives.

Get an idea of just how high Ford's hopes are at this exact "Model T moment for the 21st Century" in the new video clip below.

Can A Truck Change Everything? | F-150 Lightning | Ford

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claudio
European POV: it looks sleek and nice but it's super heavy, with the aerodynamics of a train station, thus a power hungry beast... what for? How many people do really need all that cab room, towing/loading capacity?
A-A-Ron
American POV: claudio has probably never seen a Lowe's or Home Depot parking lot on a Saturday morning.
Residential home improvement spending went crazy over the last two years. Home improvement projects generally require the use of a truck here in the States. It's certainly not the most efficient EV to hit the market, but it's much more efficient that a comparable ICE pickup. This signals a major momentum shift in getting the general public to adopt EVs on a large scale.
DavidB
A-A-Ron is right: the value of this truck may be greatest in terms of its statement about the belief of Fird in an electric future and the acceptance of that electric future by buyers in the world’s largest driving population.
tcampbe3
The question is need vs want. The regular cab pickup accounts for less than 10% of US sales according to Motor Biscuit website. The truck buyers dictate the type of vehicle they buy and the auto companies design what the buyers want. European infrastructure dictates the size of most vehicles.
https://www.motorbiscuit.com/in-2020-regular-cab-pickups-have-almost-no-sales/
Username
EV will be half of their production by 2030. Not acceptable.
BlueOak
“With a starting price just under US$40,000, up to 320 miles (515 km)of range”

So tired of the reporting of the EV F150 as a $40K truck. That is a work truck only available to fleets.

The actual F150 retail buyers will recognize is the EV F150 XLT with only 230 miles of range, and a price of $55K.

To get the 320 mile range EV F150, the price jumps to $75K!

Go look at Ford’s order page if you don’t believe it.
Nelson Hyde Chick
The author wrote, "The Ford F-Series has been the bestselling truck in the United States for 45 years running," but shouldn't it read The Ford F-Series has been the bestselling auto in the United States for 45 years running? There is no car that outsells it.
claudio
@A-A-Ron: again, what's the percentage of people (of those owning such big beasts) really needing these capabilities and this size full time?
It'd be like "I need to have a bigger house because I got friends over at dinner once a month"...
I don't dispute the comfort of it, I question the actual need and real use
BlueOak
@claudio, what portion of Europeans *need* Mercedes S or C class, BMW 5, 7, & 8 series, Audi 6,7, & 8 series vehicles? Or 2nd homes in other countries? Or pleasure boats? Or 85 inch flat panel TVs? If people want and can afford to buy and operate their purchases, it isn’t anyone else’s business.
ljaques
Yeah, $55k to start. BUT, Ford will likely only be able to put out 60k of these this year and 150k next year. They're already sold out of all models, including the Platinum at $90k.
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