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Past meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150 Lightning

The Ford F-150 Lightning name is official.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The long-teased battery electric Ford F-150 finally, officially has a name. The Ford F-150 Lightning moniker will grace the all-electric pickup truck when it debuts next week at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn. Car and Driver first reported that the name was well on its way to official status on April 30 citing internal documents leaked to the publication.

In a media release, Ford brags that the F-150 Lightning will have "stunning innovation, technologies and capabilities." It will also have the "power, payload and towing capability that is the hallmark of all Built Ford Tough trucks."

Ford F-150 Electric PrototypeIn 2019, Ford shared this image of an All-Electric F-150 prototype during a capability test. The battery-powered truck successfully towed more than 1.25 million pounds of rail cars and trucks during the test.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

"Every so often, a new vehicle comes along that disrupts the status quo and changes the game … Model T, Mustang, Prius, Model 3. Now comes the F-150 Lightning," said Ford President and CEO Jim Farley. "America's favorite vehicle for nearly half a century is going digital and fully electric. F-150 Lightning can power your home during an outage; it's even quicker than the original F-150 Lightning performance truck; and it will constantly improve through over-the-air updates."

Ford is giving the F-150 BEVs Lightning badging on the driver's side rear of the vehicle, spelling out "Lightning" with a lightning bolt taking the place of the bottom half of the "t". The black letters have blue sides. Blue is a color traditionally used to highlight hybrid and electric vehicles in the marketplace. Toyota and Chevrolet have shown off mode badging with similar treatments.

The Lightning name has a strong history within the Ford lineup. It debuted on the Ford SVT F-150 Lightning street truck in 1992 as a 1993 model. That version was part of the ninth generation of the Ford F-150. The name would continue to live on into the 10th generation. The F-Series pickup is now in its 14th generation.

Ford has talked openly about the electric variety of the F-150 for a while now, boasting that it will be more powerful than any F-150 currently on the market. Among the 2021 truck's powertrains, the 3.5-liter PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6 is the most powerful offering 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. Check out all the 2021 F-150's engine and transmission options here.

A list of the most powerful trucks on the market today, ranked by horsepower is available here. See them ranked by torque here.

While more information about the model is pending its debut, Car and Driver additionally reports that it will have a dual-motor setup and available all-wheel drive.

Ford Rogue Electric Vehcile CenterThe Rouge Electric Vehicle Center is part of a $700 million investment in building the F-150 lineup, including the first F-150 PowerBoost hybrid.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Production of the F-150 Lightning begins next spring at the all-new Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. It is expected to arrive at dealership lots next summer, ahead of the arrival of the Chevrolet Silverado EV but after Rivian R1T deliveries are slated to begin, as a 2023 model. An all-electric Ram truck is on the way and the GMC Hummer EV is readying for market. Click here to see all the electric pickup trucks that are coming soon.

Watch this space for more information on the F-150 Lightning when it debuts May 19.

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2023 Nissan Leaf pricing announced

The Leaf got a mild facelift for 2023.

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Nissan is nearing the release of the Ariya, its first new EV in several years. Even so, the brand hasn't forgotten about its first mass-market EV, the Leaf. It was an early entrant in the space, and has been an efficient, affordable, commuter car for over a decade. The car got a mild facelift for 2023, with updated wheels and exterior styling accents. Today, Nissan announced pricing for the Leaf, which starts at just under $29,000.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf feels lively, despite middling power numbers.Nissan

The base Leaf comes with a 40-kWh battery capable of delivering a 149-mile range. Its 110-kW electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Leaf SV Plus features a 60-kWh battery for a range of 212 miles. It comes with a 160-kW motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Nissan backs all Leaf models with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

ProPilot Assist comes standard for the Leaf SV Plus, and brings a full suite of advanced driver aids that include adaptive cruise control, driver alertness features, and a surround-view monitor. All Leaf models get Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf SV Plus offers up to 212 miles of range.Nissan

The new Leaf starts at $28,895, which includes a $1,095 destination charge. The Leaf SV Plus starts at $36,895. The 2023 Nissan Leaf is on sale now, and may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to receive a state tax credit or other incentives.

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The EQB lands this summer with a not-so-bad starting price.

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Mercedes-Benz is pressing ahead with its electrification goals. Following the release of the EQS flagship electric sedan last year, the automaker is readying the EQB, an electric SUV with up to seven seats. Today, Mercedes announced pricing for the vehicle, and it's surprisingly reasonable. Two trim levels will be offered for the EQB in the United States: Exclusive and Pinnacle, and wecould see an AMG variant at some point down the road.

The EQB comes in two variants, including the EQB 300 and EQB 350, both of which come with all-wheel drive. The EQB 300 offers 225 horsepower and the 350 delivers 288 ponies. Those aren't super-serious numbers and they don't have to be. The EQB competes with vehicles like the Volkswagen ID.4, so mind-blowing performance isn't exactly the goal. Mercedes hasn't given range estimates yet, but they should fall in line with the competition.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQBThe EQB will come in two powertrain variants, each with two trims.Mercedes-Benz

The SUV comes standard with a 10.25-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen. Mercedes includes a good list of standard safety features, including lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and active brake assist. Additionally, the EQB's navigation system routes the vehicle for the best efficiency and can help locate charging stations.

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 starts at $56,800, including a $1,050 destination charge. A range-topping Pinnacle trim is available for $59,350. The EQB 350 starts at $60,350. Mercedes says the SUV will go on sale in summer 2022.

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