Ford's electric pickup, the F-150 Lightning, will debut next week (F)

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Ford has long touted plans to sell an electric version of its top-selling pickup. Now that truck has a name: the F-150 Lightning. 

The Blue Oval announced the name on Monday and said the electric pickup will be revealed in full at an event at its Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters on May 19.

The F-150 isn't just Ford's best-selling truck, it's been the top-selling vehicle in the US overall for more than four decades. So for Ford, the electric F-150's debut isn't just another run-of-the-mill car reveal. The company is marking the occasion by livestreaming the debut on several platforms and hosting 18 in-person events across the country. 

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The Lightning moniker was previously reported by Car & Driver in late April, but this is the first time Ford has confirmed the name. Ford first used the name in the 1990s for a performance version of the F-150 called the SVT F-150 Lightning. 

When the F-150 Lightning goes on sale in 2022, it'll compete with a slew of new electric trucks set to the market in the next couple of years, including the Rivian R1T, GMC's Hummer EV, Tesla's Cybertruck, and Lordstown Endurance, to name a few.

Not to mention, General Motors said in April that it's working on an electric version of its Chevrolet Silverado pickup, which was the second best-selling vehicle in the US in 2020 after the F-150. 

The electric F-150's debut is a major milestone in an ever-accelerating push toward zero-emission vehicles that's occurring both at Ford and across most of the auto industry at large.

Ford automaker has committed $29 billion toward investments in electric and autonomous vehicles through 2025, and it recently began selling its first EV, the Mustang Mach-E SUV. But Ford hasn't pledged to eliminate combustion-engine cars from its lineup, as many of the world's largest carmakers have. 

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