The Ford F-150 Lightning is the most anticipated electric pickup truck of the year and for good reason. It promises to deliver impressive performance, capability, and technology while also being affordable and practical. And now, European customers will also get a chance to experience the Lightning for themselves, as Ford has announced that it will bring the electric truck to select markets across the continent in 2023.
What makes the Ford F-150 Lightning so special?
The Ford F-150 Lightning is based on the best-selling pickup truck in the US, but with a fully electric powertrain that offers some unique advantages. For starters, it has a dual-motor setup that produces up to 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds. It also has an estimated range of up to 300 miles on a single charge, depending on the battery option chosen.
But the Lightning is not just about speed and range. It also has a massive frunk (front trunk) that can hold up to 400 liters of cargo and up to 400 pounds of weight. It also features a 2.4-kW or 9.6-kW Pro Power Onboard system that can power various tools and appliances, making it ideal for work or recreation. And it has a smart towing system that can automatically adjust the braking, steering, and suspension based on the trailer's weight and conditions.
The Lightning also boasts a host of advanced technology features, such as a 15.5-inch touchscreen with SYNC 4A infotainment system, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, over-the-air updates, and FordPass Connect with remote access and charging management. It also comes with Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0, which includes features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, and more.
How much will the Ford F-150 Lightning cost in Europe?
Ford has not revealed the exact pricing or availability details for the European market yet, but it has said that it will offer the Lightning in both commercial and passenger variants, with different specifications and options tailored to local needs and preferences. The company has also said that it will work with its dealer network and charging partners to provide a seamless customer experience.
In the US, the Lightning starts at $39,974 for the base Pro model, which is aimed at commercial customers and has a standard-range battery (230 miles) and a lower power output (426 hp). The XLT model, which is more suitable for general consumers, starts at $52,974 and has a larger battery (300 miles) and more power (563 hp). There are also two higher-end trims, the Lariat, and the Platinum, which start at $67,474 and $89,874, respectively.
Based on these prices, we can expect the European Lightning to cost somewhere between €34,000 ($38,000) and €76,000 ($85,000), depending on the trim level and options. Of course, these prices may vary depending on taxes, incentives, exchange rates, and other factors.
Why should you care about the Ford F-150 Lightning?
The Ford F-150 Lightning is not just another electric vehicle. It is a game-changer for the pickup truck segment, which has traditionally been dominated by gas-guzzling engines and conservative designs. The Lightning offers a compelling alternative that combines performance, efficiency, versatility, and innovation in a familiar and trusted package.
The Lightning also represents a significant step for Ford’s electrification strategy, which aims to invest $22 billion in electric vehicles by 2025. By bringing its flagship truck to Europe, Ford is showing its commitment to expanding its global presence and meeting the diverse needs of its customers.
The Ford F-150 Lightning is expected to arrive in Europe in mid-2023, following its US launch in spring 2023. If you are interested in reserving one, you can do so on Ford’s website for a refundable deposit of $100 in the US or €100 ($112) in Norway. You will then be able to configure your Lightning and place your order with a participating dealer when the order books open in early 2023.
The Ford F-150 Lightning is a remarkable achievement for Ford and a compelling option for anyone looking for a versatile, powerful, and electric pickup truck. Whether you need it for work, play, or both, the Lightning can handle it all with ease and style. And now, with its arrival in Europe, more customers will be able to enjoy the benefits of this electric icon.
If you are interested in learning more about the Ford F-150 Lightning, you can visit Ford's website or check out our previous coverage of its features, specs, and reviews. And stay tuned for more updates on its availability and performance as it gets closer to its launch date.
The Ford F-150 Lightning is coming to Europe, and it’s a game-changer. Don’t miss this opportunity to be among the first to own one of the most exciting electric vehicles of the year. Reserve yours today and get ready to experience the future of pickup trucks.