Before the F-150 EV is even announced.
The 2021 Ford F-150 debuted a few weeks ago with a fresh new design and a revamped cabin. The changes didn't stop there, either. For the first time in the popular pickup's history, the Ford F-150 is being offered with an electrified hybrid powertrain combining a 3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid V6 with a 42-hp electric motor.
Next year, Ford will also introduce a fully electric F-150 that will compete with the Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T. However, it turns out you can already buy a fully electric Ford truck before the electric F-150 EV has even been announced.
Lightning Systems has unveiled its new fully electric powertrain that can be retrofitted to Ford F-550 chassis cabs built for commercial use as delivery trucks and shuttle buses.
An electric motor produces 241 horsepower and 881 lb-ft of torque, enabling a top speed of 65 mph. Providing the juice is a liquid-cooled 128-kWh lithium-ion battery system delivering a range of over 100 miles on a single charge. Speaking of which, a Level 2 6.6 kW charger comes as standard, which takes 15.5 hours to fully recharge. However, using a 50 kW DC Fast Charger reduces the charging time to two-and-a-half hours.
"As a result of our modular and flexible battery and powertrain design, the Lightning F-550, like all of our platforms, supports a wide array of aftermarket solutions from leading Ford upfitters, including rear air conditioning for buses, rear heating, wheelchair lifts, cargo lifts, boxes, tow truck accessories, and refrigeration units," said Lightning Systems CEO Tim Reeser.
This isn't the only electric Ford truck that Lightning Systems sell either, as the company also offers an electric version of the Ford E-450 truck with an 86-kW or 129-kW battery pack, as well as EV versions of the Ford Transit 350HD van, and Ford F-59 box van.