Ford says its new electric F-150 'truck' goes like lightning

Joe Biden says Ford's new electric F series truck is a 'quick sucker'

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FLICK THE SWITCH: Ford is gearing up to roll out an all-electric version of its popular F Series "truck" into the United States market.

FLICK THE SWITCH: Ford is gearing up to roll out an all-electric version of its popular F Series "truck" into the United States market.

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Ford has unveiled a much-anticipated electric model of its popular F series "truck" for US motorists.

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Global car giant Ford has finally taken the wraps off the all-electric version of its best selling F-series "truck" in the United States.

The company says the F-150 Lightning is the smartest, most innovative truck (pick-up or large ute) the company has ever built.

F-150 Lightnings will start rolling off the assembly line next year at a new high-tech factory at Ford's Rouge complex in Dearborn just outside Detroit.

US President Joe Biden took one for a spin and quipped to reporters: "This sucker's quick".

But Australian motorists shouldn't hold their breath waiting to get behind the wheel of one because there are no plans at this stage to produce a right-hand version.

Ford is offering two lithium-ion battery pack sizes for the F-150 - standard range and extended range.

Both models will have dual electric motors and four-wheel drive.

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The entry model starts at $US39,974 ($A51,492) while the mid-series XLT model starts at $US52,974 ($A68,239) putting the vehicle within the reach of the average motorist.

The F-150 Lightning will be able to travel up to 483 kilometres per battery charge and zoom from zero to 100km an hour in around 4.5 seconds.

The standard range Lightning F-150vehicle develops 318 kilowatts and 1051 newton metres (Nm) of torque and has an estimated range of 370km.

Extended range models lift the output to 420kW and 1051Nm for an estimated range of 483km.

The electric drivetrain is protected with a series of skid plates.

The drive modes are normal, sport, off-road and tow/haul.

LIKE LIGHTNING: The speed of Ford's new all-electric F-150 Lightning has impressed US President Joe Biden.

LIKE LIGHTNING: The speed of Ford's new all-electric F-150 Lightning has impressed US President Joe Biden.

Ford has used the empty engine bay upfront for a roomy luggage compartment.

"For both Ford and the American auto industry, the F-150 Lightning represents a defining moment as we progress toward a zero-emissions, digitally connected future," executive chairman of the Ford Company Bill Ford said.

"The F-Series is America's best-selling truck for 44 years. Now we are revolutionising it for a new generation."

The F-150 Lightning is a pillar of the company's more than $US22 billion global electric vehicle plan.

Ford is starting with zero-emissions versions of its most popular models - Mustang, Transit and F-150.

The F-150's electric platform packs enough energy to power an entire home if the lights suddenly go out.

The Lightning is likely to have three major all-electric competitors in the US - Tesla's Cybertruck, Rivian's R1T and the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV.

Ford president and CEO Jim Farley said the F-150 was quicker than a Ford Raptor.

"It will be built at the Rouge factory where Henry Ford changed the world and my grandfather punched in every day," he said.

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