Ford Teases Electric F-150

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

We’re as tired of teasers as you likely are, but Ford nevertheless slipped one into its other news from earlier this week.

Matt noted that Ford claimed the truck would be cheaper to own than the gas model, and that it would be produced in Michigan as part of a major investment, but what else do we know about it?

If the teaser image is any indication, it will have different looks than the gasser, that’s for sure. At least up front. The shape is similar and familiar, but a LED light bar appears to run from one side to the other, surrounding both the headlights and the grille.

Yes, a grille on an EV, although it is unclear if it’s cosmetic or lets air through. The lights looks smaller than what’s on the other F-150 models, and the grille has a three-dimensional look. Even if the grille doesn’t provide cooling – yes, EVs need cooling, too – there could be air dams below it.

We still don’t know details about the powertrain, but it could be that the F-150 will use two electric motors, one per axle, to get things moving. A lithium-ion battery pack would supply the juice.

There should be a “frunk”, or front trunk, and Ford claims it will be the fastest accelerating F-150 ever. Not shocking (no pun intended), considering the torque figures associated with electric motors, and the instant availability of said torque.

Towing and payload should be class-competitive.

Production should start in the second half of 2022, marking the truck as a 2023 model. It likely won’t be cheap. Competition will include the crabby Hummer EV from GMC, and perhaps entries from Rivian and Tesla (yes, that might mean the Cybertruck).

Electric truck wars? Who’d have thunk it?

[Image: Ford via YouTube screenshot]

Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Sep 18, 2020

    Production in the second half of 2022 means we have to endure this speculation for a long time to come. I'm not sure that the first to market wins any prize, though. The expectations for electric trucks are much broader and more difficult to meet than a sedan.

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    • HotPotato HotPotato on Sep 29, 2020

      @Luke42 I have mixed feelings about that. Like, no, you can't bolt a service body to it. But already has three exterior locking trunks: an enormous one in front where the V8 would normally go, and one in each of the flying buttresses on the side. Plus an optional sliding cover over the bed. Plus full-length channels that let you bolt anything you want into the bed -- including, presumably, storage boxes. And, you get the benefit of a kneeling air suspension and a ramp to walk right up into the bed, or easily wheel stuff in and out. I suspect it's going to make converts of a lot of people who initially assume it won't work for them. But we'll see. They're only starting to break ground on the factory in Texas, so it will be a while.

  • Dwford Dwford on Sep 18, 2020

    So many questions. Is this a Rivian truck rebodied by Ford? Is it a regular F150 with unique styling? Or is it it's own beast with an F150 badge slapped on?

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    • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Sep 19, 2020

      It is a regular F150 with some unique styling. As Luke mentioned they have been working on this since before they purchased a stake in Rivian. One of the keys to its success will be that it is a F-150 so the majority of upfitting equipment for the other F-150s will work on it too. That is a big factor for fleets.

  • RHD RHD on Sep 18, 2020

    "The All-New, All-Electric Ford F-150: So Far, This is What We've Got Figured Out!"* *It has nothing in common with any other Ford truck, but since it starts with an F, it will be part of our "F-Series", so we can keep saying that we're #1 in trucks.

  • Bumpy ii Bumpy ii on Sep 19, 2020

    "There should be a “frunk”, or front trunk" Why? Unless the truck comes with a stepladder, or the "grille" folds down into a usable liftgate, you'll never be able to get anything out of it. Better to just stuff the underhood area full of batteries for more range.