Ford has revealed the all-electric F-150 pickup truck one day ahead of schedule. The truck, dubbed F-150 Lightning, was on display Tuesday at Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan during a speech from President Biden.
Images from the event show that the F-150 Lightning largely looks like its gas and hybrid counterparts, though the truck has a more modern grille, with an unbroken light bar that stretches from headlight to headlight. And even from a distance, it seems that the F-150 Lightning will have a large portrait touchscreen similar to the one in the Mustang Mach-E.
The F-150 EV has been years in the making and is the second mass-market electric vehicle from Ford, following the Mustang Mach-E. The company is set to reveal full pricing, specifications, and other details about the electric pickup truck Wednesday at 9:30PM ET. But the truck is expected to be one of the most powerful F-150s ever made, and it will serve as a huge test of the appetite for an all-electric version of the most popular vehicle in the country.
Biden used Tuesday’s speech to stump for his infrastructure plan, which is big on electric vehicles, lithium batteries, and EV charging technology. “The future of the auto industry is electric. There’s no turning back,” he said.
Biden also focused heavily on how he wants automakers to build their electric vehicles in the United States with American parts and labor — a topic that has become especially hot after General Motors announced it would build some electric vehicles in Mexico. Ford will build the electric F-150 at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, but is currently building the Mustang Mach-E in Mexico.
Following the event, Biden got a chance to drive the F-150 Lightning. “This sucker’s quick,” he said.
President Biden test drives Ford’s new electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck pic.twitter.com/A3jrsIi5mR— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) May 18, 2021