The Ford Lightning Is Coming Back As An Electric Pickup Truck – I Guess We Should Have Seen This Coming


The Ford Lightning Is Coming Back As An Electric Pickup Truck – I Guess We Should Have Seen This Coming

(By Tom Lohnes) – Well folks another Ford F-150 Lightning is coming. The problem with that is that it’s an electric pickup truck. Why Ford, why?

Yes, that’s right. The upcoming Electric Ford F-150 is going to be using the moniker of the iconic muscle truck of the 90s and 2000s. According to an official Ford document found by Car and Driver, this is a real thing that is going to happen. The Lightning was mentioned alongside the Mustang Mach-E and E-transit van, which are both electric vehicles, meaning the same for the Lightning. Maybe Ford will be cool and make another supercharged Lightning Street truck, but that is highly unlikely because the Raptor R exists.

I mean, at least the lightning name makes sense on an EV and it’s not as bad as using the Mustang name on one. Besides the sacrilegious name, the new Lightning should be a pretty solid truck, as Ford has already proven their EV prowess through the Mach-E. Personally, I think it is tough that Ford is using their most iconic names on EVs that don’t even have the same recipe as the originals but I guess that’s just me.

So, will you buy a new F-150 Lightning? I really hope this truck is good, and maybe it’ll ditch the name before it is revealed. What’s next? Who knows. Probably an EV hatchback called the Thunderbird.


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13 thoughts on “The Ford Lightning Is Coming Back As An Electric Pickup Truck – I Guess We Should Have Seen This Coming

  1. Labweiler

    I want to see how far one of those electric trucks can tow a loaded race trailer or nice camper.
    Not one single manufacturer says anything about real world towing.
    Can’t imagine why..LOL

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  2. uncle

    I’m with you. If Ford wants to make electric vehicles……..fine. But stop f’in around with your flagship names. Mustang, Lightning, etc.

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  3. Paul

    I’m with you. If Ford wants to make electric vehicles……..fine. But stop f’in around with your flagship names. Mustang, Lightning, etc.

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  4. Curtis

    How are all these electric vehicles going to run when the current administration is bent on destroying the fossil fuel industry via the green new deal? I’m assuming that everyone knows that electricity is produced by the consumption of fossil fuels? Maybe they don’t? From many of the comments I see online its as if they think magic gnomes create electricity by grinding pixie dust and pouring it into the light socket from the other side of the wall. Electric vehicles are only going to be around as ling as fossil fuels are around, and if you look at the cost to generate that electricity then its obvious that fossil fuels are more efficient.

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  5. Wolf

    It’s not just you Tom… I’m all for their electric vehicles, but their choice of names is giving the middle finger to Ford loyalists.

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  6. Robert

    With all the names they have been rehashing, I suppose lightning fits for an electric vehicle. Kind of surprised they didnt go with mustang truck or something dumb like that.

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    1. Russell

      I am ok with it as long as it’s really a truck. Full frame rear wheel drive. Useable truck bed. I am. Not ok with a crossover being called a mustang.

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  7. Matt Cramer

    Back on the old Riceboypage.com forum, somebody had created a phony press release before the second generation Lightning claiming it was going to be electric.

    Pretty weird to see the joke actually happen nearly 20 years later.

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  8. TomD

    I’m hopeful that the new truck can earn the Lightning name. The old Lightning was no heavy hauler, it was a muscle car for the truck set. This can be the same. There is no reason they can’t build an electric Lightning that beats the old Lightning on the drag strip by several seconds. They should even prove their love for the F150 by setting it up the best the Mach-E in the quarter.

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    1. Stickman

      That’s where I’m at with it. Lightning was a sport truck and hope they keep it a big power sport truck. EV is awesome in short distances, with instant power and massive torque.

      But I’m sure it will be a disappointment to me just as the Bronco was. That thing is nothing more than a fancy Jeep Renegade and a electric nightmare.

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  9. REAL WORLD REAL TIME REAL ANSWERS

    Trends and fads are not subject to practicality.

    The opportunity for an electric vehicle ( truck) to be the next Model T is here.

    Power, energy-efficient, with 21st Century technology ( use of super strength plastics and other composites) to build a REAL next step vehicle that transcends
    and perhaps defines vehicle usage.

    Enough of this marketing nonsense.
    Get to it.

    Reply

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