December 4, 2023


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F-150 Lightning was first electrical pickup open to federal businesses

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The Ford F-150 Lightning was the primary electrical pickup truck accessible to federal businesses for fleet use—however as a result of it is at present offered out, these businesses cannot order any of the vehicles.

Outside first reported that the US Forest Service (USFS) is at present evaluating the Lightning, and that it’s the solely electrical pickup accessible via the Authorities Companies Administration (GSA), which handles federal automobile purchases.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

Ford Professional spokesperson Elizabeth Kraft confirmed to Inexperienced Automotive Experiences that the F-150 Lightning is the one electrical truck accessible on the GSA checklist, however because it’s at present offered out, it doesn’t seem on the checklist at the moment.

Ford has already raised the value of the bottom F-150 Lightning Professional—the more than likely one for the fleet—by greater than $12,000, so the USFS and different authorities businesses that need to buy vehicles might be paying extra.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

EV purchases assist businesses adjust to the Biden administration’s Govt Order 14057—”Catalyzing America’s Clear Vitality Economic system Via Federal Sustainability”—which directs federal businesses to make all new light-duty federal fleet automobiles electrical by 2027, increasing to incorporate all different automobiles by 2035. That units the stage for your complete federal automobile fleet—totaling greater than 600,000 automobiles—to go electrical.

The Biden administration has held true to some however not all of its EV-related platform. Along with transferring towards an all-electric federal fleet, the administration has made progress on different factors, together with a revitalized EV tax credit score, expanded charging infrastructure, and stronger fuel-economy guidelines. But the plan for a nationwide charging community does not tackle all so-called “charging deserts,” and the revamped EV tax credit score will exclude many fashions within the close to time period resulting from new value caps and domestic-assembly necessities.

There are extra choices on the best way. With deliveries of the Lordstown Endurance already beginning, utilitarian Canoo electrical vehicles on the best way, and the Chevy Silverado EV due subsequent yr—albeit in pricier variations with a $39,900 base mannequin accessible later—the checklist of eligible electrical vehicles will not be so unique for lengthy.

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