US President Joe Biden will visit a Ford Motor electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Dearborn, Michigan this week. This is perfect timing as he makes a push for a $174 billion government injection for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.
The day after the President’s visit Ford will reveal its new F-150 Lightning electric pick-up to the world. The new electric pick-up is based on the F-150, which is the best selling vehicle in the US, and is seen as crucial in helping the US move towards zero-emissions driving. Ford are investing heavily in electric vehicles (EVs) and has committed a $22 billion investment through to 2025.
The first zero-emissions Lightnings are expected to reach dealerships in the spring of 2022. It will join a list of electric pick-ups that should be on sale at this point including GMC Hummer EV, Lordstown Endurance, the Rivian R1T and Tesla Cybertruck. While this does mean competition for Ford, it also provides a wide range of electric pick-ups to choose from and will hopefully help with electric adoption.
The President will take a tour of Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center where the new electric pick-up will be built and he is expected to talk publicly during his visit. Ford spokeswoman Melissa Miller said the company was honoured to host Joe Biden and said the electric F-150 Lightning was a milestone in the country’s transition to cleaner transportation.
Ford said: “We’re honoured to host President Biden at Ford Motor Company and excited to preview for him the new F-150 Lightning and the exciting technologies that made it possible.”