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FORD CEO JIM FARLEY SHEDS LIGHT ON WHAT COMES AFTER F-150 LIGHTNING

A Next-Generation Electric Truck Is Already In The Works

Electric Ford F-Series F-150 Lightning Pickup Truck
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Ford Motor Company will continue to leverage its pickup truck dominance when it comes to building electric vehicles in the future. While little is known at this point, Ford CEO Jim Farley – racecar driver extraordinaire – has detailed that there are indeed plans for a new battery-electric pickup truck separate from the Ford F-150 Lightning, and it will be built at an upcoming F-Series plant in America.

Per an Automotive News report, this next-generation electric truck will utilize a new platform, and thus will be unrelated to the Ford F-150 Lightning. A Ford spokesperson told Roadshow Autos that this new F-Series truck will be built at BlueOvalCity – the massive, multibillion complex that’s so big it’s in two states: Tennessee and Kentucky.

Electric Pickup Truck F-Seires Ford F-150 Lightning
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First Details On A New Electric Ford F-Series Truck

Ford CEO Jim Farley thinks the upcoming electric truck will be capable of “incredibly high volume,” as the Ford F-150 Lightning is approaching 200,000 reservations – and that’s not counting the F-150 Lightning Pro fleet truck. Demand for the upcoming Lightning is three times higher than what Ford expected, according to Chris Farley’s cousin. The first Ford F-150 Lightning pickup trucks are expected to roll off the Rouge Assembly Complex in the spring of 2022. Customers – 70 percent of them new to Ford – are extremely attracted to the truck’s ability to power homes and appliances – and even other electric vehiclesin the event of a blackout.

Ford Motor Company aims to surpass General Motors in EV sales by year’s end, and is anticipating 600,000 EV sales by 2024. The $11.4 billion BlueOvalCity complex won’t be online until 2025.

Farley equates the company’s vehicle cadence “like a baseball game,” with several heavy hitters coming up to bat on the rotation. While this is led by the Ford F-150 Lightning, there’s also the E-Transit electric van, an upcoming Explorer EV, and the Mustang Mach-E that’s currently on the market. Down the road, an electric Ford Bronco is expected, but that won’t be for a while.

Electric Ford F-150 F-Series Pickup Truck Lightning
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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