It was like a meeting of the old and the new, of yesterday and tomorrow. I pulled the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning up next to my CR colleague Erik, who was idling in his heavy-duty pickup. We rolled down our windows to talk, but I couldn’t hear a word he was saying over the clatter from his truck’s big diesel engine. So I raised my window back up, stomped hard on the throttle pedal, and felt the thrilling rush of the 775 lb.-ft. of torque from the Lightning’s dual electric motors unleashed all at once. I left Erik and his “oil-burner” behind in the dust as I rocketed away.
With its prodigious power, swift acceleration, and strong towing capacity, and the added benefit of sipping electrons rather than gasoline, the F-150 Lightning is a truck for a new, greener era. With the Lightning, the age of credible EV trucks and their quiet power has officially arrived.