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Ford's big bet: Fans of F-150 pickup will embrace electric

Ford Electric Pickup Truck
Posted at 11:03 PM, May 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-19 23:03:07-04

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The electric version of Ford’s F-150 pickup looks much like its wildly popular gas-powered version. Yet the resemblance is deceiving.

With its new battery-powered truck, Ford is making a costly bet that buyers will embrace a vehicle that would help transform how the world drives.

Branded the F-150 Lightning, the pickup will be able to travel up to 300 miles per battery charge, thanks to a frame designed to safely hold a huge lithium-ion battery that can power your house should the electricity go out.

If it succeeds, it could speed the nation’s transition away from petroleum burners.