Back in 1999, Ford debuted the SVT Lightning, an F-150-based pickup that packed as much as 380-horsepower at its most powerful that could sprint to 60mph in less than six seconds. Since the truck’s discontinuation in 2004, it’s developed quite the cult following amongst the collector market, making it a prime candidate for a modern revival. And while the Blue Oval has indeed brought the name back, it’s not as you’d expect.
Meet the 2022 F-150 Lightning, Ford’s first fully-electric pickup and one that’s based on America’s best-selling vehicle for some 44 years. Around the outside, the Lightning looks markedly similar to its petrol-powered counterpart, making it far more approachable than some of its zanier rivals like the CyberTruck or the Hummer EV. Dig a little deeper, however, and you’ll find that it’s quite the modern, tech-forward marvel. For instance, it’s available with either a 230-mile standard-range battery or a 300-mile extended-range unit. With 426-563hp and 775lb-ft of torque on tap, it makes for the most powerful factory-built F-150 in history. And that’s not all; the Lightning also gets features like all-wheel-drive, independent rear suspension, and a massive 140-cubic-foot frunk. Considering that it can even power your home for three days in the event of a blackout, this is one truck that’s sure to shock the auto market. It’ll go on sale in the spring of 2022 starting at $39,974.