It's only a matter of time.
It's official: Ford's first electric truck will be called the F-150 Lightning. It will debut on May 19, reviving the Lightning nameplate for the first time since the high-performance F-150 SVT Lightning ended production way back in 2004. This will be Ford's second fully electric vehicle after the Mustang Mach-E, but it won't be its last. By 2022, Ford will launch seven new EVs, and Ford's CEO Jim Farley has hinted that one of them could be an electric version of the Bronco.
On Twitter, an angry user challenged Ford's commitments to zero-emissions vehicles, asking "why don't we have an EV option on new products like the Bronco?" In response, Farley simply said: "Why do you think we don't?"
While it's not confirmation, Farley's comment does suggest that an electric Bronco is part of Ford's future plans. But considering that customer deliveries for the Bronco haven't started yet, an electric version is likely several years away.
Before a fully electric version arrives, Ford is expected to launch a hybrid Bronco that will compete with the Wrangler 4xe hybrid. Ford hasn't confirmed plans to launch a hybrid Bronco yet, but a leaked video showing an "EV Coaching" mode on the digital instrument cluster suggests it's only a matter of time before Ford launches an electrified Bronco.
The hybrid Bronco will reportedly share the same components as the new Ford Explorer Hybrid and the upcoming F-150 Hybrid, using a modular ten-speed automatic transmission mated with an electric motor. Reports claim the electrified Bronco will be powered by the same 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 as the Ford Explorer ST and Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring, with electrical assistance increasing the output to 450 horsepower.
At this year's Easter Jeep Safari, Jeep presented the electric Magneto concept, which could preview an electric Wrangler that will go head-to-head with the electric Bronco.