It seems that Ford truly did something special when it created the F-150 Lightning. Since its release, the all-electric pickup truck has garnered rave reviews from both consumers and professional reviewers alike. And now, the Lightning has earned a notable award — it has officially become MotorTrend‘s 2023 Truck of the Year.
As noted by the veteran automaker in a post on Twitter, the Lightning’s win stands as another accolade for the F-150 series. “The Ford F-150 Lightning truck has won the 2023 MotorTrend Truck of the Year (MTTOTY) honor, making it the sixth #MTTOTY award for F-150. The future’s looking bright indeed,” Ford wrote.
This is a significant achievement, as the F-150 Lightning is the first electric truck to win by unanimous vote among the judges and only the second electric vehicle to achieve a unanimous win in the history of MotorTrend‘s “Of The Year” competitions.
Darren Palmer, vice president of Ford’s electric vehicle programs, shared his enthusiasm for the Lightning’s new accomplishment. “It’s really brilliant for the team that Lightning is the first EV truck to win by unanimous vote. This truck is full of firsts, and this one is really special to add to Lightning’s historic launch,” Palmer said.
While the F-150 Lightning is still being ramped, it is among the first entries into the emerging all-electric pickup truck segment — and it shows. The Ford F-150 Lightning was America’s best-selling electric truck for November, with sales totaling 2,062. Since its introduction in May, the F-150 Lightning has also sold a total of 13,258 units. The success of the F-150 Lightning has contributed to Ford becoming the second-best-selling EV brand in the US year to date, behind industry leader Tesla.
Ed Loh, MotorTrend group head of editorial, praised the F-150 Lightning in a statement.
“The F-150 Lightning and its nearly instant torque with ride and handling make it without a doubt the best truck Ford has ever made. If that feels like a bold statement, consider that amongst our judges, the F-150 Lightning won Truck of the Year by unanimous decision–the first EV truck to convince all judges across the board. The Ford F-150 Lightning is no less than a milestone achievement in the history of American mobility,” Loh said.
As noted by Ford in a press release, the company plans to ramp up production to deliver 150,000 Lightning trucks per year by the end of 2022. Ford’s electric vehicle business is expanding rapidly as well, with a conquest rate of over 60%.
Watch MotorTrend‘s feature on its 2023 Truck of the Year in the video below.
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