Lightning returns: Ford officially names upcoming F-150 EV

As early as 2019 Ford announced they were working on an all-electric F-150. It will supposedly be one of the most potent trucks Ford has ever built. They even demonstrated it when they used a prototype F-150 EV to tow a total of 1 million pounds of double-decker train cars.

Since its announcement, however, Ford has yet to give the electric F-150 an official name. Well, that changes today: Lightning.

Ford will be dusting off the classic nameplate for the upcoming electric F-150. Sounds familiar? That’s because it's a repurposing of the badge used for the SVT (Special Vehicle Team) F-150 Lightning performance truck from the 90s to the early 2000s. But instead of a supercharged V8 under the hood, the new truck will be electric-only.

It’s an aptly named successor as well. The V8-powered F-150 SVT Lightning was one of Ford’s strongest pick-up trucks at the time. Soon, the new electric F-150 Lightning (also claimed to be their most powerful hauler) will bear the same name. That aside, what better way to revive the Lightning name than for an EV F-150, right?

While it’s not much, Ford also gave us a sneak peek of the upcoming pick-up truck, featuring its new Lightning badge along the rear fender. From the looks of it, the Lightning will take on a traditional pick-up truck form based on the current F-150. There are no other details yet, but thankfully, we won’t have to wait long.

“Every so often, a new vehicle comes along that disrupts the status quo and changes the game … Model T, Mustang, Prius, Model 3. Now comes the F-150 Lightning. America’s favorite vehicle for nearly half a century is going digital and fully electric. F-150 Lightning can power your home during an outage; it’s even quicker than the original F-150 Lightning performance truck, and it will constantly improve through over-the-air updates,” said Ford president and CEO Jim Farley.