Ford, the American multinational automobile manufacturer, has reportedly announced that it would soon release a brand-new electric version of its top selling pickup truck, namely the F-150. This is a step that automotive specialists hailed as ‘big deal’ for the move to ultra-low-emission automobiles.
The US president has also pushed for the United States to become a global leader in EVs and has further planned to spend approximately $174 billion out of his $2.3 trillion jobs and infrastructure package to encourage the shift away from fossil fuels.
The newest version of the truck was officially revealed on Wednesday, 19 May 2021 in the evening, specifically scheduled for the California market, which is the biggest EV market across the US.
The novel F-150 Lightning is viewed as being so crucial to the US carpool electrification, that US president Joe Biden visited the company in Detroit to promote his goals to revamp the infrastructure of the nation and to promote EVs.
The president later tested the new F-150 Lightning, which would be the most powerful model of the vehicle in the current listing, having a travel range of approximately 300 miles.
Presently, electric cars make up a very small part of the US vehicles roads. Plug-in electric cars accounted for only 2.3 per cent of sales last year in the US. While, Norway led the globe with EVs, accounting for approximately 74.8 per cent of sales. However, the US president is most worried about China.
The F-150 is one of a series of renowned EVs in the pipeline, which includes General Motors’ electric Hummer and brand-new car of Tesla. CEO, General Motors, Mary Barra, has vowed that it would provide an all-electric listing of vehicles by 2035.
However, the US needs to tackle important infrastructure problems if the F-150 as well as other EVs are to become mainstream. Currently, there are 800,000 public charging locations in China, but just 100,000 in the United States. In the meantime, the Republicans are opposing the size of infrastructure plan of Biden.