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The First Real World Look at Ford’s New Lightning Pickup Truck

Posted by: Jesse Kleib on June 2, 2021

Recently, the world watched as the next generation of Ford Lightning came to life. It isn’t exactly the performance pickup truck with the Lightning name that we used to know. However, Ford seems to think that the name can ride into the future on the back of an electric vehicle. Essentially, this is the birth of the F-150 as an EV and things are beginning to look a little bit different than what we’re used to.

Borrowing the name of a performance icon is a little bit controversial as it was plucked from quite a nostalgic place and slapped on a vehicle that’s not exactly what the Lightning name stands for. However, if we can all get over the naming system, what is beneath is actually a pretty interesting ride that could even spell out the future of transportation.

Onboard, the F-150 Lightning packs in a variety of interesting features. Just to name a couple, we find that it has a trunk where the engine used to be which is about the only missing piece that a pickup truck might need for functionality. In turn, the vehicle is equipped with a system that can plug into a house and be used to power the home for three days in the event of a power outage.

How exactly does this machine stand up to regular use, though? Could the Lightning end up being the next big thing in the world of pickup trucks? Is it just kind of a gimmick that will fade away? This time, YouTube creator Marques Brownlee ends up hopping behind the wheel to see exactly what the truck is all about and if it lives up to the hype.

Down in the video below, we get one of the first tours of this truck to see what it’s really like outside of the hands of Ford.

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