Ford isn’t quite ready to unveil the 2022 F-150 flash electric pallet truck, but when the U.S. president wants a test drive, how do you say no?
President Joe Biden yesterday visited Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, a factory in the Detroit area that is building the Lightning, and got behind the wheel of a disguised prototype of a new truck. He is probably the first person outside Ford to drive a flash and gave it a positive rating.
“This lollipop is fast,” Biden said after pulling the cramping media, as C-SPAN cameras document. The president even tried to speed up the time by saying that his stopwatch looked from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. What looks like an unmasked flash is also visible in the background of photos taken during Biden’s factory visit. It’s not something Ford wants the public to know yet, as the official unveiling of the truck is today, but it’s hard to argue with that kind of publicity.
Biden is a genuine car enthusiast. He owns a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, which was his father’s wedding gift. As president, he has also become an advocate for electric vehicles, seeking measures to increase sales, increase domestic battery production, and electrify state vehicle fleets. Still, as the owner of Chevy, Biden may be a little disappointed that rival Ford will first launch its electric car.
The flash follows Mustang Mach-E SUV and Network traffic van than Ford’s third mass-market electric car. It may not be the first, but it may be the most important. Internal combustion F-150 has been America ‘s best – selling vehicle for decades, so making it electronic opens up huge new markets for electric cars.
Although Ford has never built an electric F-150 before, the name is familiar. The original Ford Lightning was a high-performance version of the F-150 that was sold in the 1990s and early 2000s. Equipped with a powerful V8 engine, Guinness World Records once crowned it the world’s fastest production platform truck.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will unveil streams at 9.30pm ET today at Ford YouTube and social media channels. We also have comprehensive coverage here at Digital Trends. The truck will start production in spring 2022.