Ford Lightning electrical pick-up might observe common F-150 line-up

The Ford Lightning electrical pick-up might ultimately be part of the common F-150 vary in Australia – if subsequent yr’s launch goes to plan.

Ford Australia has opened the door to the F-150 Lightning electrical pick-up being offered in Australia.

Nevertheless, it’s contingent on the common Ford F-150 being successful regionally – earlier than the corporate is ready to decide to area of interest fashions such because the Lightning electrical pick-up and F-150 Raptor efficiency ute.

In an interview in the course of the media preview for the Ranger Raptor, the boss of Ford Australia, Andrew Birkic, advised Drive: “They are saying ‘by no means say by no means’ and we’re all the time open to what Ford is producing globally.

“Our job is to have a (focus) on that, regulate different alternatives. However the primary precedence proper now’s to get Job One proper. We have to undergo our engineering course of and get these autos out to prospects earlier than we even think about anything.

“What we’re endeavor right here (with the native right-hand-drive conversion program of the Ford F-150) is a big remanufacturing job. Let’s not get forward of ourselves.

“That mentioned, we’re seeing what’s taking place in North America, and the funding in Lightning and different electrified Ford autos. Let’s see what occurs with provide.”

When requested if Ford Australia believed native prospects would embrace a Lightning or F-150 Raptor, Mr Birkic mentioned: “What we’re centered on proper now’s getting F-150 right here and into Australian showrooms.

“Hopefully, over time, the dialogue will actually open up. Clearly electrification is a significant funding for Ford Motor Firm globally.”

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for greater than 20 years, spending most of that point working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motoring editor and one of many early members of the Drive crew) and Information Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in 2018, and has been a World Automobile of the Yr decide for greater than 10 years.

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