The EV is based on the 14th generation of the F-Series, which has long dominated private vehicle sales in the US. Ford sold around 730,000 F-Series pick-ups last year. The Lightning title revives a name previously used for a road-focused performance version of the truck.
Equipped with a dual-motor, four-wheel-drive powertrain that produces 563bhp and 775lb ft – the most torque yet offered on an F-150, it will be offered with two battery capacities, offering official ranges of around 230 and 300 miles on the American EPA test cycle.
Ford say the F-150 Lightning will be as versatile as the regular versions, and it will be offered with a range of features to boost productivity as a work vehicle. These will include onboard scales, which can estimate the weight of a payload and adjust the vehicle’s range estimate to account, and a ‘pro trailer hitch assist’ function to make towing easier.
The truck also offers a power-at-home function, with the ability to use 9.6kW of the battery charge to power a home during a power outage or similar. Ford claims it can power an average home for up to 10 days. Owners will also be able to use the truck to power tools and other electrical equipment.
The smaller electric motors mean that the F-150 Lightning gains an under-bonnet ‘frunk’ that offers 400 litres of storage space and is fitted out with four electrical outlets and two USE chargers.
The F150 Lightning will not be available for sale in the UK but shows Ford's commitment to the electrification of vehicles in the coming years.