is hard at work on an . This battery-powered pick-'em-up-truck is slated to launch around the middle of next year. Ahead of its arrival -- indeed, before it's even been unveiled -- rumor has it this rig will be called "Lightning."
Our friends at Car and Driver report that electrifying name will be resurrected. According to a document shared with the outlet, Lightning appears alongside and , two other Ford EVs, the former of which is available right now, though the latter is slated to go on sale later this year.
When asked about the possibility of the Lightning name making a comeback, a Ford spokeswoman said, "We're excited to introduce the all-electric F-150 very soon, but we don't comment on speculation about future products." That's standard automaker boilerplate when pressed about upcoming vehicles or plans.
Aside from being just about the perfect moniker for an all-electric vehicle, Lightning is an important name in Ford history. It was applied to a series of high-performance street trucks from the early 1990s and 2000s. With powerful V8 engines -- in final form, the last generation was motivated by a supercharged 5.4-liter unit that belted out 380 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque -- these trucks offered serious performance and plenty of style to match. If this nameplate is applied to a new battery-powered truck, it better offer all that and more.
Delivering the goods, it's reported the electricwill feature a dual-motor powertrain and all-wheel drive. It should also be the quickest member of the F-150 family, fleeter even than the high performance previous-generation Raptor, which was graced with a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 cranking out 450 hp and a whopping 510 lb-ft of torque. This means the amped-up F-150 should be able to hit 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, but it will probably be even quicker given that electric vehicles offer tons of torque and respond instantly to driver inputs.
When it launches, Ford's latest and greatest will tussle with some stiff competition. Rivals include the reborn, which offers four-wheel steering and 1,000 hp, and the much-hyped . Today, the all-electric pickup segment is pretty much nonexistent, but it's about to get interesting in a hurry, especially if Ford applies the Lightning name to its upcoming offering -- doubly so if the product lives up to the heritage.