Ford has announced the F-150 Lightning will soon be available in Norway, becoming its third EV offering in the region.
The Ford F-150 nameplate is by far the most successful in the entire North American market, being the best-selling vehicle for what seems like a millennium. Now, as the brand looks to expand its foothold in markets outside North America, the Blue Oval is bringing its A-team to the rest of the world. Today, Ford announced that the F-150 Lightning will come to Norway in 2024.
Full-size pickups as a segment have previously been region locked to North America, electric or otherwise. For many markets, these vehicles are too big for public roads and could actually put off customers due to their size. However, Ford is taking out all the stops as it looks to expand its EV presence and market share worldwide.
In terms of the Norwegian F-150 Lightning customers, they can now reserve the vehicle on Ford’s website. However, with such high demand for the truck already, Ford believes those reservations may go quickly.
“In my 25 years at Ford, I’ve never seen anything like the passion and demand I’m seeing from drivers right now to get behind the wheel of our F-150 Lightning. I’ve had customers literally banging on my door and pleading for us to bring the electric pickup to Norway,” said Per Gunnar Berg, managing director of Ford Norway. “F-150 Lightning is the perfect match for many customers in Norway – uniquely capable of quenching our thirst for adventure while embracing our passion for protecting the environment.”
Ford’s expansion strategy didn’t start with the F-150 Lightning or its popular Mustang Mach-E, which has already become a global sales success in Europe, Central and South America, and China. Some other notable transfers that got the ball rolling include the Ford Mustang sports car, which only recently made its first appearance in Europe; the gas-powered Ford F-150 which is now making its way to Australia; and even the Ford Explorer SUV, which has become a global vehicle offering as well.
By bringing the F-150 Lightning to Norway, the historic American brand will have three all-electric offerings in the country, including the all-new Ford Explorer EV and the Mustang Mach-E.
Ford has not announced whether the F-150 Lightning would be coming to other European markets, but some certainly could accept the vehicle. Besides the obvious Scandinavian neighbors of Norway, Sweden and Finland, other areas like Eastern Europe typically have larger roads and more rural communities that could benefit from the full-size electric offering.
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