President Joe Biden visited the Ford Motor Company Rouge Vehicle Complex today, May 18, and with it came a surprise debut of the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning. The exterior of it, anyway. From far away. But, thanks to Mike Martinez of Automotive News, it’s all over Twitter.
The exterior design of the new Ford F-150 Lightning looks as expected. A closed off, textured front grille, a boxy, enveloping light signature, and a sectioned off front bumper that shares the same cut lines as the standard F-150, which was parked next to it. D-rings for towing and extraction are also present and accounted for.
— Michael Martinez (@MikeMartinez_AN) May 18, 2021
More on the day, President Biden spoke about how the electric F-150 “feels great” after test driving it at the Ford’s test track in Dearborn. The 78 year-old president also disclosed performance figures of the Ford F-150 Lightning, saying it goes from 0-60 in a scant “4.4 seconds.” Which is Ram TRX territory, by the way. Allegedly, the battery itself weighs in at nearly a full ton, at “1,800 pounds.”
“I promise you, it’s going to give your Corvette a run for its money,” Biden told reporters. “This sucker’s quick,” he was quoted in CNBC.
The C8 Corvette is capable of going from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds. A far more rapid pace, for the record.
“That’s a fast ass truck.”
— Mike Levine (@mrlevine) May 18, 2021
“My Name Is Joe Biden And I’m A Car Guy”
Automakers have been keen on giving presidents and other political figureheads a closer look at their electric vehicle programs over the years. But it’s hard to recall a time when a president actually got to drive one of the vehicles. That makes this Biden encounter with the Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck that much more unique.
The Ford F-150 Lightning reveal will broadcast live from the Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan tomorrow, May 19. The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning reveal will commence at 9:30 PM, EDT on that day, and will be live streamed via the Ford Facebook and YouTube channels, Twitter, national broadcast publications as well as 18 locations such as Times Square in New York City and Las Vegas Boulevard.