Ford’s New Electric Truck Will Make You Feel Old School

by Josh Lanier

Ford’s new future-forward electric truck is a blast from the past. The F-100 Eluminator concept truck packs some of the automaker’s latest tech, but it looks like it came from a 1970s showroom.

Ford designed the truck to look like its 1978 F-100, but under the hood, it’s more in line with its recent slate of electric vehicles. The truck’s batteries are the same as in the 2021 Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition. Two e-crate motors give the truck a healthy 480 horsepower and 634 foot-pounds of torque, Ford said. The 1978 Ford-100 topped out at 220 horsepower.

“Ford owners have personalized, customized, and enhanced their vehicles since the beginning – from changing looks to bringing the power,” said company executive Eric Cin said in a news release. “Our F-100 Eluminator concept is a preview of how we’re supporting customers as they go all-electric and embrace zero-tailpipe emissions performance, even for our heritage vehicles.”

While the truck looks old school, the interior is futuristic. The F-100 has a billet aluminum dashboard, avocado-tanned leather, and a 15.5-inch touchscreen.

The company unveiled the Eluminator earlier this month at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Thousands Have Reserved Chance to Buy New Ford’s Electric F-150

The F-100 is part of the company’s latest push toward electric vehicles that still pack on the power. The most anticipated electric truck — outside of perhaps Tesla’s Cybertruck — is Ford’s new Lightning F-150. The automaker unveiled the truck in May, and more than 160,000 people have reserved the chance to buy it, reports say. Customers can buy the truck beginning in the spring.

The 2022 Lightning F-150 has 563 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque, Ford said. It can travel about 300 miles on a single charge.

The base model starts at $39,974, but state and federal incentives should help alleviate any sticker shock. The federal government offers a$7,500 electric vehicle tax credit.

“For both Ford and the American auto industry, F-150 Lightning represents a defining moment as we progress toward a zero-emissions, digitally connected future,” said Bill Ford, executive chair, Ford Motor Company. “F-Series is America’s best-selling truck for 44 years, the backbone of work across the country, and a trusted icon for generations of customers. Now we are revolutionizing it for a new generation.”

Ford is going hard on a battery-powered future. The company said in September that it expects a third of its sales to be electric vehicles by 2030. To meet this demand, Ford said it will double its electric truck output by 2024.

Ford also plans to invest $7 billion into two massive new facilities to build these trucks. It’s the single-largest investment in the company’s history. Ford unveiled plans for a 3,600-acre assembly plant outside of Memphis named Blue Oval. It will also build a 1,500-acre BlueOvalSK Battery Park in Kentucky to make batteries for its electric vehicles.