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Jim Rossman: Dallas gets its first look at the all-electric, super buzzy F-150 Lightning

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Ford isn’t exactly the first car brand that pops to mind in a conversation about electric vehicles, but it began selling the all-electric Mustang Mach-E this year and next year will bring the much-anticipated 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning.

It’s one thing to bring a new electric vehicle to the market. The Mustang Mach-E shares the Mustang name, but it is a small SUV, and nobody will confuse it with the iconic gas-powered Mustang.

It is an entirely different thing to introduce an electric version of your best-selling vehicle while the gas-powered model is still on sale.

Ford sold more than 623,000 F-150s in 2019.

The truck is well-loved by the driving public and by fleet managers, but some of those customers are starting to look for greener and more economical options.

In late May, Ford introduced the all-electric 2022 F-150 Lightning, which fits right in with its F-150 lineup.

 

Earlier this month, Ford brought one of the very few F-150 Lightning prototypes to Dallas to show it off and answer questions. Attendees of the event did not get to drive the truck, and the dashboard had some pieces borrowed from other models, but the outside looked great.

Since there was no driving, this isn’t a review of the Lightning — that will come next year when production begins.

But here’s a look at some of the Lightning’s specs and newest features.

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