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Ford Project T3 2025: next-generation electric pickup could replace F-150 Lightning


The Project T3 electric vehicle will be built at Ford’s new mega campus in West Tennessee – a factory capable of 500,000 EV utes per year 

Ford America has already hinted at its next generation of electric pickup truck, which is likely to be the second-generation Ford F-150 Lightning

Ford says the development team was able to “create a truck people can trust in the digital age – one that’s fully updatable, constantly improving, and supports towing, hauling, exportable power and endless new innovations owners will want”. 

What this means is that Ford’s next electric pickup could have much better electric range and more power from its electric motors.

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The Ford F-150 Lightning is already going to get a successor in 2025

The current F-150 Lightning has a range of up to 514km (on the Lariat variant) and uses a dual-motor powertrain to deliver a maximum of 433kW in extended range guise. 

The F-150 Lightning uses either a 98kWh or 131kWh lithium-ion battery pack. 

We could also see improvements made to towing and external V2L (vehicle to load) systems. 

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The current Ford F-150 Lightning

Ford made headlines when it announced that the F-150 Lightning was capable of powering a house if there happens to be an electrical outage. This feature is likely to remain for the second-generation vehicle as Ford works to implement its electric ute into all facets of life. 

New BlueOval City mega factory to build 500,000 EV utes a year in Tennessee 

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Ford’s BlueOval city is currently under construction and will build electric utes

Ford’s second-generation electric ute product is scheduled to be built at Ford’s mega campus called BlueOval City in Stanton, Tennessee – a new factory that will cater for both battery and electric vehicle production into the future. 

Ford says that it plans to build roughly 500,000 electric trucks a year at this facility and will invest USD$5.6 billion (AUD$8.4 billion) into the campus, creating around 6000 new jobs.

The assembly plant is set to use carbon-free electricity from day one and will implement a geothermal system to provide heat for the plant – saving on the need for natural gas to do the same job.