They say you never know where lightning will strike. But that’s not entirely true. At Ziems Ford Corners, we know that Lightning plans to strike on Wednesday, May 19, at 9:30 p.m. Ford Motor Company has announced the reveal of the first-ever all-electric Ford F-150, dubbed Lightning. The reveal will take place via a Livestream from Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan headquarters scheduled for 9:30 a.m. EDT. Farmington viewers can catch the reveal on Ford’s social media platforms, including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Every so often, a new vehicle comes along that disrupts the status quo, here’s what we know about the coming storm:
The Power of Lightning
America’s favorite truck 44 years running is ready to “turn the legendary revolutionary” and introduce you to its fully electric brethren. The F-150 Lightning is slated to be the most powerful F-150 ever built. Early reports show that the all-new F-150 Lightning will feature a dual-motor powertrain and all-wheel drive. Along with being the most powerful, it should also be the quickest member of the F-150 family. Especially given that electric vehicles offer high torque out-puts and respond instantly to driver inputs. Ford President and CEO Jim Farley described it by saying, “The Lightning can power your home during an outage and will constantly improve through over-the-air updates.”
What’s in a Name?
Aside from being a near-perfect moniker for an all-electric vehicle, Lightning is an important name in the Ford history books. In the early 1990s and 2000s, the nameplate was applied to a series of high-performance street trucks. These trucks housed some of the most powerful engines of their day. The last generation of the nameplate held a supercharged 5.4-liter unit that boasted 380 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. In their time, these trucks offered serious performance with the style chops to match. We envision that the nameplate could be revived for nothing less than gale force strength.
Creating a Storm
It’s not easy turning electricity into lightning, but the Michigan-based Ford Rouge EV Complex is up to the challenge. This plant is set to be “the cathedral of American manufacturing and Ford’s most advanced plant” according to Farley. The Lightening’s body and paintwork will be completed at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant. The F-150 Lightning is scheduled to enter production in mid-2022 for the 2023 model year.
If you can’t wait to see how the all-new Ford F-150 Lightning lives up to its heritage, neither can we. All of us at Ziems will be tuned in to see the reveal. Visit our showroom to find out how and when you can get your hands on Lightening. The Ford F-150 Lightning that is!