the electric pickup goes into production

The battle of electric pickups began by trying to make people forget the overconsumption of thermal versions and their polluting gas emissions. The category of vehicles is enjoying great success across the Atlantic and increasingly in Europe as well, and the switch to electric is eagerly awaited.

The constructor Ford could not ignore an electric variant of its famous Ford F-150 and the production of the version Lightning was expected for this spring, where Tesla has further postponed that of its Cybertruck to 2023.

It’s done: Ford announces the production of the F-150 Lightning in the United States, at its emblematic Rouge Complex site in Dearborn (Michigan). Not hesitating to mention a “moment Model T“referring to the beginnings of the automobile, the manufacturer will have plenty to do with the few 200,000 reservations already registered.

Ford F150 Lightning 02

The firm has invested 900 million dollars on the site and created 750 jobs on site in order to be able to reach a production rate of 150,000 vehicles per year in 2023. However, this objective could be constrained by the availability of electric batteries and other necessary components, the shortage of chips being still acute.

The revival of the pickup

Offering 0-60 mph acceleration in 4 seconds only and armed with a solid torque, the F-150 Lightning wants to remain an accessible vehicle with a first version offered at just under $40,000.

The use of an electric motor will clear the internal spaces and provide a capacity of 400L of locked storage, in addition to the platform. The vehicle will also be equipped with no less than 11 charging pointswith part of the battery capacity dedicated to gear and gadgets.

Ford F150 Lightning 01

The vehicle will also be able to restore the energy of its battery to power a home for up to 3 daysfor example in the event of a power outage after a climatic event, or to recharge another vehicle.

The autonomy will be 320 miles (just over 500 km) in the EPA cycle with zero polluting gas emissions. An F-150 Lightning Pro version will be aimed at professional and government customers.

Ford hopes to attract a new audience but also to seduce buyers of a first electric vehicle as well as a first pickup. By starting production early enough, the manufacturer can also hope to attract customers disappointed by the longer expectations of the competition.

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