Dearborn, United States: Ford introduced the all-electric version of its best-selling F-150 pickup, ushering in a greener era for the American automaker, on Wednesday.
The electric Ford F-150 “Lightning” is part of a $22 billion drive by the American automaker to expand its electric vehicle lineup by 2025.
The Mustang Mach-E sport utility vehicle is Ford’s first all-electric vehicle, but the Lightning will be the first battery-powered version of the F-150.
The Ford F-150 has long been the top-selling vehicle in the United States and a showcase brand for the 118-year-old company, having debuted in 1948.
Bill Ford, the company’s current chairman of the board of directors and the great-grandson of the company’s founder, called it a “pivotal event” in the company’s history.
The F-150 Lightning is the “smartest, cleanest” model in the lineup, he said. “And it’s pretty powerful.”
According to Ford, in the event of a power outage, the vehicle will be able to provide electricity to a residence for three days.
Professionals working on construction sites, for example, can use the truck’s electrical outlets as a source of energy for their tools.
Ford has been tight-lipped on the automobile ahead of its official launch at 9:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday.
However, during a visit to Ford’s Michigan plant on Tuesday to drum up support for a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that includes $174 billion for electric car development, President Biden announced that the Lightning can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around 4.4 seconds.
“This sucker’s quick,” Biden said Tuesday afternoon following a spin in the pickup at the Ford plant in Dearborn, Michigan, describing the new technology as critical in the fight to save the planet from global warming.
‘Electricity is the way of the future.’
At Ford’s annual meeting earlier this month, CEO Jim Farley praised the vehicle, telling shareholders that the business is “electrifying some of the most iconic nameplates at Ford” as part of its growth strategy.
“We will not cede ground in the EVs to others in vehicle segments where millions of customers rely on us and Ford as the established leader,” he said. “This is our home turf.”
By spring 2022, production of the new F-150 electric variant will begin in Dearborn.
Rivian, a start-up, plans to begin selling its R1T electric pick up this summer, while General Motors expects to begin selling its own version, the GMC Hummer EV, this fall.
“The future of the auto industry is electric,” said Biden on Tuesday from the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center.
“The question is whether we’ll lead or we’ll fall behind in the race to the future.”