Not the first truck to go green, but the most popular
⭐️ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW⭐️
- Ford has announced its very first fully electric pickup truck.
- It is an electric version of the most popular vehicle in Canada.
- Experts say the announcement marks a big step forward for electric vehicles.
- Read on to find out how much it will cost. ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️
What is this causing a buzz?
Oh, this is just Ford’s very first fully electric pickup truck.
On May 18, Ford unveiled a fully electric version of the F-150 pickup truck, the gasoline version of which has been Canada’s best-selling vehicle for more than a decade.
According to some experts, this announcement could lead to a huge increase in the number of electric vehicles in circulation.
The trucks will be assembled in Michigan starting next year for sale in 2023.
What can it do?
Ford says the vehicle can travel up to 370 kilometers – enough to go from Edmonton to Calgary – on a single charge and power a standard Canadian home for three days.
Ford is launching the all-electric F-150 as a sort of back-up generator, with enough juice to power an entire house for days on end. (Image credit: Ford)
They say the vehicles will have as much range and power as the gasoline versions, and more torque.
Along with that, 10 minutes of charging provides enough power to cover more than 50 kilometers, according to Ford.
Why is this important?
Automotive journalist Stephanie Wallcraft said having an electric version of such a popular vehicle would go a long way in normalizing electric driving.
“This is a very important way to let the mainstream buyer know that electrification is coming,” she said.
Although electric vehicles currently only make up about 4% of all vehicles sold in Canada, she said that number is expected to grow rapidly.
A day before its official unveiling, US President Joe Biden took the F-150 Lightning for a spin in Dearborn, Michigan. Part of Biden’s policy is to convert the country to electric vehicles in order to combat climate change. (Image credit: Nicholas Kamm / AFP / Getty Images)
Wilf Steimle, president of the Electric Vehicle Society of Canada, said the announcement was a huge deal, especially because there is demand for a fully electric pickup truck.
“So far, we really haven’t had anything to fill this gap,” he said in an interview with CBC News Thursday.
How much will these vehicles cost?
Ford says the base model of the new truck will cost US $ 39,974, although some add-ons and additional features can push that price up above $ 90,000.
In Canada, the base model will start at $ 58,000.
For comparison, the Rivian R1T, which is expected to be available in the US from this summer, according to the company, starts at US $ 67,500.
Tesla’s Cybertruck looks like it came straight out of a sci-fi movie. You might see them on the road in a year or two. (Image credit: Tesla)
Tesla’s Cybertruck, which is slated to start high-volume production next year, will start at US $ 39,900.
GM’s first electric pickup, the GMC Hummer EV, slated to begin high-volume production in fall 2022, costs from $ 79,995 to nearly US $ 100,000.
At the same time, General Motors says it is working on an electric Silverado and Stellantis is developing an electric Ram.
Several startups are also working on all-electric microphones.
With files from Reuters, The Associated Press, CBC News.