The Ford F-150 Lightning is reportedly coming back, but it may not be exactly what you think! If you look back to the 1990s and the early 2000s – you will remember the original F-150 Lightning and the 2nd-generation of the truck. It was a regular-cab short-bed street performance truck. Now, a report by Car and Driver suggests that Ford is bringing back the name, but this time for its upcoming all-electric F-150.
Update: the image you see above is another teaser image published this week by Ford. TFLtruck modified the image – brightened it and added the “F-150 Lightning?” text.
Here is a rendering of the front of the truck based on a teaser image that Ford has published recently.
We have seen Ford out in public testing a crew-cab prototype of what appears to be an all-electric F-150 (aka. F-150 EV). Ford has already announced that this new truck will be built at a new facility that is right next to the current F-150 factory in Michigan. Ford has also said that the F-150 EV will be the highest-performance truck that can offer. This surely matches the original spirit of the F-150 Lightning.
If this is true, the 2023 F-150 Lightning is expected to reach production in the middle of next year. However, some rumors suggest that Ford is looking to fast-track the F-150 EV and offer it a bit sooner in order to compete against the Rivian R1T, GMC Hummer EV truck, and others.
Here are some more details about the upcoming F-150 EV.