The first electric Ford F-150 Lightning trucks roll off the production line | Automotive News

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Ford has just started production of the F-150 Lightning electric pickup, with the automaker celebrating the first models rolling off the production line yesterday. In an interesting twist, a brief power outage at the event gave Ford the chance to show off one of the coolest features of its new electric pickups.

The automaker says it already has 200,000 reservations for the electric Ford F-150 Lightning, which is enough for it to already expand the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center plant to try to build 150,000 units of the pickup. in 2023. More than $1 billion in manufacturing investments have already been made, creating approximately 1,700 jobs at five Ford plants in Michigan.

The Ford F-150 Lightning starts in Canada from $68,000 for an XLT trim truck. It offers up to 370 km of electric range with the Standard Range battery or 515 km in the Extended Range versions. In the US, the work truck version starts at just under $40,000.

“Today we celebrate the Model T moment for the 21st century at Rouge Electric Vehicle Center,” said Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. “La Rouge is where Ford perfected the moving assembly line, making it a fitting backdrop as we rewrite history. credit to the work of our Ford engineers and designers, as well as the UAW team members who proudly build these trucks.

During the presentation around the launch, Ford CEO Jim Farley was able to show off the Pro Power Onboard feature of the F-150 Lightning. The Detroit Free Press reported that there was a power outage during the event. To ensure that the interviews could continue, Farley himself plugged lights into the power socket of an F-150, followed by a group of assistants running with more sockets and more trucks.

Thanks to Pro Power Onboard, Farley said the trucks could run cameras and lights for about three days. They can do the same for your home in the event of a power outage.

Expect to see the trucks on the road over the next few months.

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