The Name Of The Truck Has Been Confirmed

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Logo badge
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Wonder no more. Today, Ford Motor Company has made it official that the “Lightning” name will return as the long-hyped electric F-150 pickup truck. And it will be revealed just next week, on May 19, at the Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.  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.

Electric Ford F-150 Lightning Teaser Photo Video
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“Every so often, a new vehicle comes along that disrupts the status quo and changes the game … Model T, Mustang, Prius, Model 3. Now comes the F-150 Lightning,” said Ford President and CEO Jim Farley in a statement. “America’s favorite vehicle for nearly half a century is going digital and fully electric. F-150 Lightning can power your home during an outage; it’s even quicker than the original F-150 Lightning performance truck; and it will constantly improve through over-the-air updates.”

Ford’s not usually one to shout out their competition, but if the electric F-150 is truly going to be a game changer, it’s definitely going to be in distinguished company.

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Details

The The electric Ford F-150 Lightning will be built starting next spring at the all-new Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. Original production volume targets have since been doubled, as hype for the EV has since grown. The Ford F-150 Lightning will begin its journey down the production line alongside other gasoline-powered F-150 pickup trucks, before the incomplete vehicle is sent to the new facility for powertrain installation and finishing. It’s expected that the truck will feature an independent rear suspension.

Designed to be a work truck as much as personal statement, the electric F-150 will reportedly allow for its its batteries could function as a type of on-site power source  (provided it has enough power left for the return journey), while a “toolbox” style range extender could also act as a generator of sorts.  Pricing of the truck is also expected to come under the $70,000 range, keeping it away from competing with more premium vehicles like the upcoming GMC Hummer EV in terms of price.

On the inside, the 2023 F-150 Lightning is expected to have a similar, if not identical tablet-style touch screen found in the Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV. Other teasers have given reason to believe that the F-150 Lightning will have its own off-road performance variant similar to that of the 2021 F-150 Tremor or Raptor.

Ford F-150 Electric Lightning EV Tremor 4x4 Pickup truck
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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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