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The President Also Sampled The New EV

2022 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck
Image via Twitter

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.

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.

“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.

Ford F-150 Lightning Electric Pickup Truck
Image via Ford

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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