It's the perfect name for Ford's electric truck.
It's been a long time since Ford slapped the Lightning moniker on a performance-based F-150. The Blue Oval seemed disinterested in reviving the nameplate, but a recent rumor indicated that it could return for the upcoming electric F-150. Those rumors are now confirmed as Ford has officially announced that the F-150 Lightning is making a comeback for its first electric truck. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will officially debut on May 19, 2021, at Ford's World Headquarters in Dearborn. A live stream will happen simultaneously for the world to see.
"Every so often, a new vehicle comes along that disrupts the status quo and changes the game (Model T, Mustang, Prius, Model 3). Now comes the F 150 Lightning," said Ford President and CEO Jim Farley. "America's favorite vehicle for nearly half a century is going digital, and fully electric F-150 Lightning can power your home during an outage; it's even quicker than the original F-150 Lightning performance truck; it will constantly improve through over-the-air updates."
As a reminder, the original F-150 Lightning debuted in 1993 as a Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT) product. It was sold for a short time only, powered by a 5.8-liter V8 producing 240 horsepower. The second-generation Lightning debuted in 1999 with a much more potent 5.4-liter supercharged V8, producing 340 hp (later 380 hp).
Ford's claim that the electric Lightning will outpace the original isn't tough to believe. The original truck took over seven seconds to hit 60 mph, while the supercharged model could complete the sprint in 5.4 seconds. Ford North America Product Communications Manager Mike Levine confirmed to CarBuzz that the electric F-150 will be "quicker than any SVT Lightning."
There are no official specs for the revived F-150 Lightning but rumors predict it will produce over 400 hp with a 300-mile driving range. "The truck of the future will be built with quality and a commitment to sustainability by Ford-UAW workers at the Ford Rouge Complex, the cathedral of American manufacturing and our most advanced plant," Farley said.
Production is slated to begin in spring 2022, meaning the Lightning should arrive just in time to battle the Tesla Cybertruck.