It's really happening this time.
There's been talk for years about a potential reborn Ford F-150 SVT Lightning, a rear-wheel-drive, V8-powered hot rod truck more at home racing down pavement than going off-road. The last time Ford built and sold such a truck was in 2004, the second-generation's final model year. Since then, several Ford dealerships have initiated their own F-150 Lightning non-OEM programs by modifying the latest generation truck and selling the complete package for fairly reasonable prices. Last fall, Ford went on record stating the current-gen F-150 won't see a Lightning variant due to a lack of buyer interest. But that's for the ICE F-150, not the upcoming all-electric variant.
Car and Driver has learned battery-electric F-150 will be named F-150 Lightning, countering a previous rumor claiming the EV truck would be called E-150.
This time, however, the information appears much more accurate. A Ford document leaked to the outlet not only reaffirms the truck's debut in the middle of next year but also shows its name alongside a reference to the Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit. Ford did not directly comment on the F-150 Lightning moniker, only stating it's "excited to introduce the all-electric F-150 very soon."
Few details have been released yet regarding the truck's powertrain, but we do know it'll have a dual-motor setup and all-wheel drive. It'll be faster and have more horsepower and torque than any F-150 variant currently on sale. The reuse of the Lightning name is actually a brilliant idea for a few reasons.
For starters, the name. It's perfect for a pure battery-electric. The instant recognition and nostalgia it'll bring to F-150 fans will create excitement and, hopefully, solid sales. And it sounds an awful lot better than E-150; retaining the F-150 name somehow is extremely important. This wouldn't be the first time Ford has used an existing and famous nameplate for a new EV; look no further than the Mustang Mach-E.
And, so far, that crossover has been received very positively. The reborn F-150 Lightning is expected to have in excess of 400 horsepower and a 300-mile range. Production of the truck and its batteries will take place at a new facility near Dearborn, Michigan.