Lightning “new”: Ford may revive old name for electric pickup

28 May

Previously it was assumed that the American company uses this name for another “charged” version of the model, but now it has become known about an alternative version.

Sales of the fourteenth-generation Ford F-series pickup truck started in the United States at the end of 2020. In the first two months of this year, dealers have sold almost 120 thousand copies on the home market. Recall that over the past few years this model has remained among the most popular in the States: in 2020, dealers managed to sell 787,422 pickups, which is 12.2% less than a year earlier (the decline can be explained as the expectation of the release of the new F-series and the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic). In the future, Ford plans to expand the audience of the model due to the electric version.

The production of the “battery” modification of the pickup, which has so far been conventionally called the Ford F-150 EV, will be launched in mid-2022. The cars are planned to be produced at the company’s plant in Dearborn (Michigan). Traction accumulators intended for “green” trucks will also roll off the conveyor here.

Recently it became known that Ford may revive the name “Lightning”. Previously, the company produced the F-150 in this version: it existed in two generations (with a break of several years). So, the first generation pickup truck rolled off the assembly line in 1993-1995, and the second – from 1999 to 2004. A separate Ford division, the Special Vehicle Team (SVT), was responsible for the development of the version. It was assumed that the name will be given to the new “charged” petrol modification (the model already has one with the Raptor prefix to the name). New “charged” pickup: Ford leaves F-150 Raptor with the same engine

However, now Car & Driver reports that the Lightning prefix can be given to the electronic version of the F-150 pickup. True, Ford did not confirm this information (but did not deny it either). The publication believes that this name really suits the brand’s new electric car, since the “lightning” symbolizes both electricity, strength and nature.

There is very little official information about the “stuffing” of the electric version of the Ford F-150: last year the company only said that the model will have four-wheel drive, a twin-engine power plant, the total recoil and torque of which will be greater than that of any F-150. available at that time. Then the most powerful pickup was the Raptor with a 456-horsepower EcoBoost V6 3.5-liter turbo engine (691 Nm). That is, for the “battery” modification, the indicators should be higher than those indicated.

Ford also noted that the “electric pickup” will have “the fastest acceleration” of any F-150. This means that such a car will take less than five seconds to accelerate from a standstill to almost “hundreds” (up to 97 km / h). No alternative: the new Ford F-150 Raptor may only be a four-door

In the home market, the Ford F-150 electric pickup will have to compete for buyers with the relatively recently introduced GMC Hummer EV, the “green” version of the Chevrolet Silverado and Tesla Cybertruck. Probably, the model, like its rivals, will have a rather solid power reserve: each of the named competitors can travel more than 560 km by recharging (the calculation was carried out according to the EPA cycle used in the USA).

The “fourteenth” F-150 in the range includes: 5.0-liter V8 (400 hp and 556 Nm), EcoBoost V6 3.5 liters (400 hp, 678 Nm). This engine became the basis for the hybrid installation of the truck – PowerBoost Full Hybrid (total power – 430 hp, and torque – 773 Nm). The line also includes a 3.0-liter V6 diesel with 250 hp. (597 Nm), 325-horsepower EcoBoost V6 with a volume of 2.7 liters (542 Nm); and the role of the base is played by a 290-strong “atmospheric” with a volume of 3.3 liters (359 Nm).